I Must Confess…I Hate Talking Money!
Why, hello there! Welcome to the last I Must Confess linkup for 2012.
But don’t worry – provided the world doesn’t end on Friday, we’ll be back in 2013 – I promise!
Thanks to Robomum and Ness of Boganville for joining in last week. I learnt a lot about getting questionable and suggestive gifts from husbands and about the Big Brother concept of “meeping.” If you haven’t already checked them out, you should.
It’s okay, I’ll wait here until you come back…
Now, this week I have to come clean about a much despised topic, particularly during the christmas season.
I confess I hate talking money and I despise sorting out budgets.
Money is the one thing that is almost guaranteed to put my husband and I at odds with each other.
We rarely fight but a budgeting conversation will usually turn us into bickering kids who aim snide remarks at each other and walk off in opposite directions in a huff.
To be honest, I’d rather not know about money at all. But I am the “money” person in the family who pays the bills and keeps an eye on our bank balance so I have learned to know about it and to do my best managing with what we’ve got.
I must confess I dread carrying that seeping weight of stress that comes when you realise that there is no way that you can meet all your pending financial obligations.
Thankfully that dread does not hit me too often but when it does I turn into a stressed ball of anxiety – and not of the fun, bouncy kind.
We are talking about “that which should not be named” this week in preparation for the finalisation of the loan for our house and land. Before signing on the bottom line we need to make sure we will be comfortable in servicing the proposed repayments.
I always get defensive in these discussions, possibly because I feel more responsible for our financial management, being the money person and all. I also, rightly or wrongly, see any suggestion for improvement as a slight against my existing money management skills.
So it’s not a conversation I am looking forward to having.
But it has to be done and soon. Then, hopefully we can move onto to more enjoyable discussions, like picking colours for the house and choosing our kitchen and selecting our plants.
I’m sure nothing there will lead us into disagreements – nothing at all! 😉
So, do you enjoy having the money talk or do you dread them like me? Or do you have something else to get off your chest this week?
Either way, you know what to do. Let’s see 2012 out with the biggest linkup yet.
BTW we only need to beat 4 to reach that target – so it’s completely achieveable, right?
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