"It's All About the Benjamins Baby" - Or is it?
Talking about money can make people uneasy. Discussing money with friends can sometimes sever relationships. Check out this two-part series from Forbes, "A Tale of Two Incomes" We've also been reading, with fascination, the Money Dairies series geared at millennial women on Refinery29. The comments section is also a must-read: people passionately debating the math of what is a take-home paycheck on a $70K salary in NYC, or accusations of certain kids being "trust fund brats." Personally, we are believers in excel spreadsheet budgets, but do what works for you. At the end of the day, each person's money values, starting point in life and financial profile are inherently unique. Money remains a sensitive area for many because there is also an emphasis in society on linking money to success and happiness. Turns out, there is a science to spending smarter. It's not all about earning more, it's about getting more from what you have.
Picture Credit: University of Birmingham, "Philosophy of Health and Happiness"