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First Comes Love, Then Comes Money: A Couple's Guide to Financial Communication Paperback – Bargain Price, March 10, 2009
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“I love this book! Scott and Bethany Palmer are money experts who have had to work through real issues in their marriage. Every couple should read this book and give it as a gift to others they care about.” (Jimmy Evans, President and Founder, MarriageToday )
“I keep reminding couples that challenges such as financial problems should be met by turning ‘to’ each other, and not by turning ‘on’ each other. This book goes a long way to helping couples become a team.” (Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Internationally Syndicated Radio Talk Host, Author of In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms )
“The Palmers shine a bright and much needed light on the biggest problem most couples face: money. Packed with easy-to-use tools, this book will help you assess and dramatically improve the health of your financial and intimate relationships.” (Brent Kessel, CFP, author of It’s Not About the Money )
“[The Palmers] offer practical help and hope to those who long to deftly navigate the unpredictable waters of financial fidelity. The sooner you adopt the Palmer’s no-nonsense balanced perspectives--the better off you will be--in many more ways than one!” (Ellie Lofaro, author of Spaghetti for the Soul )
About the Author
Bethany and Scott Palmer, otherwise known as "The Money Couple," are financial advisers and lead the financial planning company Envoy Financial, which represents 650 ministries and 12,000 clients. They are the authors of Cents and Sensibility and live in Colorado with their two young sons.
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This year you may not be able to increase your salary and benefits, but you can increase your financial acumen. In the long run, that may be one of the best benefits you'll ever receive.
Bethany and Scott Palmer, "The Money Couple," have written a practical and timely guide to help couples with financial communication. Their unique idea: the root cause of money troubles is not a lack of money or budget systems, it is financial infidelity.
You'll learn about the five money personalities: Saver, Spender, Risk Taker, Security Seeker, and Flyer (as in flying by the seat of your pants). What's your personality? How about your spouse? What happens when Spenders marry Savers? (They explain and give amazing counsel.)
Bethany and Scott list the "Eight Simple Rules for Fighting Fair," including Rule #7: Expect to Blow It. "We certainly don't expect you to fight fair every time you argue--we don't."
"Financial infidelity can consume your relationship like a wildfire taking hold in a field of dry grass," they write. "You end up spending what seems like every single moment talking about money, fighting about money, crying about money. Or you stop talking about money altogether because it's just too painful." Their solution? "Consider this book a bucket of water you can use to douse the flames."
The Palmers recommend simple tools for fixing financial headaches: the Money Dump and the Money Huddle (a monthly meeting). Their resource-rich website, TheMoneyCouple.com, includes the Financial Relationship Index (FRI Survey), the Money Personalities Quiz, their blog and much more. Financial infidelity is the number one cause of divorce. Preserve marriages: your own and others. Buy this book for yourself, your friends and your colleagues at work.
-The Risk Taker
-The Security Seeker
There is a test provided inside the book (called the Financial Relationship Index) that will help you determine your level of financial infidelity. For example, if you ever make secret purchases without telling your spouse, that is considered financial infidelity.
This book doesn't provide a plan on how you can make a budget, rather it helps you become aware of the type of person you are in relationship to money. Knowing your Money Personality, as well as your spouses, will be helpful in avoiding fights over money.
Final rating = 3.5 stars
The Palmers, accomplished financial advisors, combine principles of communication to solve money issues and perceptions that are stunting and killing marriages, even as I write. If fifty percent of marriages are failing, and money problems are largest reason to those said failures, then why don't most couples (assuming they want to be successful) get good financial advice as it relates to their financial personalities?
As I read the book, I saw issues that I myself, have experienced. This book not only nails the financial personalities, but takes one through how the various personalities relate. The book is not long and is replete with day to day issues and perspectives.
This book could serve as a wonderful gift for couples as they fall in love, as they are about to marry, or even to those who are long married, but have lost that original spark. It is very simply, a great read and could go a long way toward taking a chunk out of a horrid marriage failure rate in America.
Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, thank you! God bless you!
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