1. Play to your strengths:
Take what you're good at and use it to make your relationship stronger. Here are a few fun ways to do that:
Plan a DIY project: If one of you is crafty and the other loves to build things, consider planning a DIY project together. You can build a piece of furniture, create a unique piece of art, or even just fix up your home together. This is a terrific opportunity to create something you can both be proud of while also connecting over a common interest.
Attend a culinary class: If you both enjoy cooking and eating, you might want to explore taking a cooking class together. Learn some new recipes, and then use what you've learned to prepare an impressive meal for your friends.
Take a dance class: Think about enrolling in a dance class together (seriously, it’s a lot more fun than you think). You can pick up a new dance move, like swing or salsa, and then show off your moves at your next night out!
2. Show your appreciation in unique ways:
It's easy to fall into a routine in a relationship and forget to show your partner how much you appreciate them. Here are a few unique ways to do that:
Plan a surprise outing: If your partner has been stressed at work or just needs a break from the daily routine, surprise them with a special outing. This could be a day trip to a nearby city, a surprise picnic in the park, or even just a movie night with their favorite snacks.
Create a "memory book": Collect mementos from your time together, like ticket stubs or photos, and create a memory book that you can look back on together. This can be a fun way to reminisce about your favorite moments and show your partner that you cherish your time together.
Make them a playlist: If your partner loves music, make them a playlist of songs that remind you of them. Okay I get it, it’s cheesy, but music nerds will appreciate it. You can even personalize it with a special message or inside joke.
3. Learn to compromise (and how splitting expenses with Smoov makes that easier!):
Learning to compromise is a key part of any healthy relationship, and that includes when it comes to finances. Here's how to do that:
Set a budget: Sit down together and create a budget that works for both of you. Make sure to take into account your individual income and expenses, and be honest about what you can and can't afford.
Be open and honest: It's important to be honest with your partner about your financial situation. Make sure to have regular check-ins if needed to discuss your budget and any upcoming expenses. Remember, you’re a team and you’re in this together.
Try Smoov: If you're not ready for a shared bank account but still want an easy way to split expenses, check out the Smoov App beta. With Smoov, you can eliminate the stress and implications of having a joint account, and you can automatically divide your shared finances while keeping track of your spending in one location. It's the perfect balance between financial autonomy and commitment. No more awkward conversations or disagreements about money—let Smoov do the work for you!
Until next time Smoovers. Take it easy and keep it Smoov.
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