Inflation has us all scrambling to review our finances. This shared fear makes it a great ice breaker for conversations about money with friends. Money is a pillar of our well-being, and it is time for it to take its place next to nutrition and exercise in our chats with friends.
How to start…
This may be tough but you may have to be the leader. Share a bit and see their reaction. We can all be a little worried about judgment but the fluctuating markets have brought us together in the mayhem. Recently everyone has to redo their plans.
Start with one or two friends. You can plan to speak about goals to start rather than showing up with a spreadsheet.
Try setting up ‘money dates’ by checking in with each other each week. Consider creating a group chat where you only speak about dreams and money. Put it in the calendar and take turns being the instigator.
During your check-ins, ask each other about your schedules and how you’re spending your time vs how you wish you spend your time.
Being honest about something you are trying to pay off means you will have someone to celebrate with once you've paid off that debt.
Being clear on who you are, and what you need in this new fabulous experimental world of constant connection is what is hard. Who knows you better than your friends? Who can help you set your goals before you start running towards them? Your friends.
Keep money on your mind, once a week, do it for the love of yourself and your community.