It’s time to have those difficult conversations

We’re all reading more than usual. And, based on everyone’s social media posts, baking more than ever. I made bread and vetkoek for the first time and they turned out really well.

But while we’re all becoming more domesticated, we’re also having to confront some of our worst nightmares, brought by Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown.

Many businesses have had to shut and many more will do so. With closures come the casualties – you and I, among others.

I think of all the goods and services that my family and I have had to forgo recently: dry-cleaning, shoe repairs, hair styling, car washing, swimming lessons for the children – the list is endless.

These services were the bread and butter of the people offering them, people who still need to feed their families and pay the bills. And even those who are still lucky enough to earn an income don’t have job security – a scary reality.

Money conversations are some of the most difficult to have under normal circumstances. What, then, when we’re facing what feels like Armageddon?

A 2018 Ameriprise study, “Couples and Money”, found that at least a third of surveyed couples in the US clashed about money at least once a month. It would be safe to assume similar, if not higher, numbers for couples in SA.

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