Saturday, January 12, 2013

The 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer

The 5 Money Personalities by Scott and Bethany Palmer is the newest in the line of books by the couple.  This book teaches couples how to learn to live with each other’s money personality and introduces each into how to find your own as well your spouse’s money personality.  It encourages each to take the money personality quiz, which is a quick and easy online 10 minute test.  From this test the book then guides the couple through learning the steps to not only figure out how your spouse is thinking about money but also backgrounds to each how to work together to make the plans for the future that both can live with.  The book does not profess to turn every marriage into a fight free marriage but rather to understanding each other’s focus where money is concerned.  Money touches all of our lives and decisions that we make from where we get the coffee to drink to which car to buy.  This book teaches that it is not the amount of money that is being spent that causes the problem but rather our money personality that causes the arguments.  Learning to know how your spouse is thinking and discussing the decisions is what will decrease the tension within the household.  This book also teaches working through the lies and deceptions and learning to trust each other’s money decisions is possible for each couple.  It promises to help each couple learn to build a better working money relationship with your spouse.
This book I thought was good.  I read the book entirely and then took the test (which is not the way it is suggested to do).  All through the book I was thinking that I knew I was a saver first and kept going back and forth about which was my second money personality.  When I took the test I found that the saver personality was actually my second personality and security seeking was my first.  This taught me in my second reading of the book not to judge my husband on what I was just sure was his personalities.  He took the test and we found he was a flyer/spender 1st and 2nd personalities.  Therein easily one can see that there might be differing philosophies on life and much fighting.  The book does tell how to avoid fighting even with such different personalities as these.  I encourage reading this book and taking the tests and doing the games that the writers have you do.  They really work.
This book was provided for this review by Booksneeze.

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