February 3, 2012
“There are people who have money and people who are rich.” Coco Chanel
Our young “mystery” man pulled out his wallet to pay for our lunch.
“Mrs. Roddy, remember what you told me years ago about money? ‘Being cheap means we fear money. Being frugal means we respect money.’”
I remember it well.
“Too many of my married friends, and even some of the ones who are dating, have bitter fights about money. That scares me.”
“I understand,” I said. “You have your finances in pretty good shape. You’ve studied and continue to study what it means to have your financial house in order. You don’t want that to be an issue in your marriage. You want to avoid those fights.”
“That’s my #2 Action Asset, Mrs. Roddy. I’ve been deep in debt. I didn’t grow up in a family that taught me to save money, or even delay what I wanted until I had the important things covered. It was a painful time but I dug myself out of debt. I don’t ever want to struggle like that again.”
“Mrs. Roddy, do you think that if I’m able to find a woman who also has her finances together, that we’re on the same page, we can stay out of financial trouble? Do you think this Action Asset is the key to avoiding those bitter fights?”
“I think constructing a home office where you sit together and manage your finances just might be the most productive living space in your marriage!”
Next post: February 6th. Our young man reveals his #3 Action Asset for a healthy marriage!