Dear reader,
Sometimes I get asked questions about money, and sometimes I don’t have all the answers. That’s why I invited financial expert Ashley Feinstein Gerstley to the Ask a Matchmaker podcast!
Ashley founded The Fiscal Femme–a feminist money platform that’s helped thousands of people feel financially confident, achieve major financial goals, and destress their relationships with money. 💰
In this episode, we talk about prenups (should you get one?), postnups, money parties, and how to budget as a couple.
Finances can be a tough topic in relationships, but Ashley has tools to make the subject easier to approach. In those initial money conversations with a partner, she recommends asking three important questions:
  1. “What is your first money memory?”
  2. “What was your family like growing up with money?”
  3. “What is your biggest fear?”
Hearing our partners’ answers can help us understand their relationship with money and where it stems from. If they grew up in a more financially constrained home, they may cling a little more tightly to their savings. If they associate spending with emotional fulfillment, they may be more of a spender.
Ashley explains that in each relationship, there is usually one saver and one spender. That’s why it’s so crucial to get on the same page. She does this with her husband by having “money parties” each month. Together, they get in their PJs, play their “money party” playlist, drink tea, and review their budget.
Your money party can look different, but she recommends incorporating something fun and enjoyable so you start to associate budgeting with a positive experience!
We also dig into your hotline questions and talk about why your financial life does not have to be perfect before you get into the dating game! 💚💚
To learn more about Ashley and how she helps women get wealthy, visit her website. You can also buy her books, The 30-Day Money Cleanse and Financial Adulting.
Watch the full Ask a Matchmaker episode on YouTubeSpotify, or Apple, and remember to like, comment, and subscribe.
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