Marriage & Relationship Educators
Why use Money Habitudes?
Explore participants’ money biases
Knowing where each person comes from helps couples understand each other’s views and behaviors, and cultivate good habits for discussing their issues. Money is often a proxy for other important issues like security, power, love, control, freedom, status and generosity, so Money Habitudes can be a great starting point for marriage educators or counselors.
Complement other relationship skills programs
Money Habitudes supplements relationship skills programs and curricula related to couples communication and conflict resolution. It’s used in pre-marital classes and couples education programs. Couples can use it either during classes or counselling, or on their own.
Defuse the topic
Money is fraught with emotional issues. Often, that makes it hard to talk about money and results in financial arguments. Money Habitudes uses non-threatening, non-judgmental language and a game-like format to make the money talk more enjoyable and allow participants to relax and be open to discussions that can be awkward.
Keep it positive
Since financial fights are so common, couples often focus on differences. With Money Habitudes, couples in marriage education and relationship classes are surprised that they have anything in common; seeing commonalities is a good start to financial conversations. And realizing how their money personality results balance each other provides a positive perspective.
Money is the number one cause of conflict in marriages—even good, solid marriages. Money Habitudes is a great tool and innovative way to help couples address their money issues.
My husband and I have been married for 18 years and it wasn’t until now, after playing Money Habitudes, that we realized what has been going on around money with us.
This may be the best tool for individuals as well as couples to start with because it is simple and feels safe. Kind of like a game; but it can be a doorway to serious dialogue about financial matters.