We've been dating approximately 4.5 months and yesterday, DK and I had... the money talk.
Talking about money and thinking about money are two things I really hate to do and I've never ever ever discussed my personal finances with anyone, let alone a boyfriend. I'm not quite sure what it is that I'm so afraid of or nervous about, but after going over specifics of my accounts, savings, school and car loans left to pay off, I feel almost revitalized and lighter.
DK is the most diligent and organized man I know and was so encouraging and helpful. He too shared with me some financial goals he had and I realize how important it is to be open and discuss these types of things together, not be fearful or hide things.
So he set me up on Mint, have you ever heard of it? I've tried several methods of managing my money and nothing has ever been so fun to use, easy to use or caused me to WANT to check my accounts and money on a daily basis. And, it's FREE.
Check it out for yourself: www.Mint.com
On it, you can set up a budget, goals, learn ways to save your money... also has an entire page of diagrams, pie charts, and scales showing your spending trends, etc. It's terribly interesting.
And pretty embarrassing.
When DK and I saw this, we cracked up!! In my "shopping" category, look where I spend the most: