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Finally, one tactic that has worked well for many families is to make personal finances fun. For example, you could turn your budget into a game where the objective is to stay on budget. Your partner who just isn’t interested in finances might dive right in if you made things competitive. You could award prizes to the family member that comes up with the best ideas for cutting your natural gas bill or ways to reduce your grocery bill. Your partner might take much more of an interest in family finances if you were to make it a “race” to get to the next paycheck with the most money left over that could be saved or invested. To make this a real game, you could put up a “racetrack” chart showing how you’re doing on a day-by-day basis.
How about a contest to see who could find the most free stuff over, say, a thirty-day period? If you’re struggling with debt, you might make a game out of finding ways to cut your living expenses so you could get it paid off faster – with a prize to the person who comes up with the most.
The net/net is that if you have a partner who just isn’t interested in family finances, it’s okay. You can be the family’s vice president of finances, make a plan, develop a budget and then relax knowing that you have things under control.