So many Orlando couples are facing uncertainty in their financial security. Secure jobs have been lost, benefits and health care are hard to find and those who have jobs are being overworked and underpaid. This hardship is affecting marriages all over the state. How can couples get along with less money and less freedom to spend money on leisure activities?
I’ve seen a lot of couples struggle to make their mortgage payments and have to cut back on their vacations, going out to dinner, and other fun activities. Money problems are one of the major causes of divorce. How can couples stay happily married during these difficult times?
Here are a few tips to keep your marriage healthy in a bad economy:
- Go out on dates with your spouse even if it means just a walk in the neighborhood, a picnic in your back yard, or a romantic dinner in your home. Spend time together.
- When you talk about your finances, avoid attacking and blaming your spouse.
- Avoid being critical when you talk about money.
- Try to come up with a budget that you both can agree upon and stick with it.
- If your spouse is out of work, try to encourage them and be patient when they don’t find a job right away.
- Find new things to do with your spouse that doesn’t cost a lot of money such as cooking together, riding bikes, taking a walk, having friends over, watching a video, or playing a game together.
- Maintain an active sex life.
- Maintain an open line of communication. Talk to each other about your frustrations, worries, and fears and listen to each other.
- Lean on friends and family.