Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Opposites Attract

If you know me in real life, or even just in my blog life, it is probably apparent to you that Dan and I are complete polar opposites.  Sometimes I wonder how we started talking to each other, but I am so thankful that we did.

Sunday night at our Financial Peace University class, our different-ness was confirmed by Dave Ramsey.  I always thought that because Dan and I didn't fight about money that our views regarding the subject were similar.  I was surprised to find out that the exact opposite is ture.  

We took a 10 question quiz to determine if we leaned more towards the "nerd" side or the "free spirit" side of money management.  I was one question away from being 100% nerd.  Is anyone surprised? They don't call me Poindexter for nothing.

Dan, on the other hand, was one question away from being 100% free spirit.  Again, not surprised.  Sometimes I have to remind him to shower.  

It was crazy how just by knowing our answers to those 10 questions, Dave knew enough about us to make jokes about our conversations about money.  He was so right-on it was creepy.  It was like he sat in our living room and listened to me try to explain for 30 minutes why I thought we should save for this or buy that and Dan "listening" and then saying, "Whatever you want, honey."


However, now that we know this about each other, we can each bring our own strengths to the table and use them to manage our money.  We even have rules for our "budget meetings."  I (the nerd) have to gather most of my information together beforehand and keep the conversation short and sweet.  Dan (the free spirit) has to provide logical input and can no longer say, "Whatever you want, honey."  

I am (very nerd-ily) looking forward to our budget meeting later this week.

Something Dave said in the class really stuck with me.  He said that it was good for opposites to get together. That "if two people just alike got married, one of them would be useless."  I love that and will repeat it to myself when I am frustrated that Dan doesn't see things my way.  Hahaha.  

Look what my free spirit brought me last night. 

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He stopped on his way home from work and picked me some wild flowers.  Now I have something to decorate my shelf-like belly.

I also came home last night to a house full of busy painters.  Look at the progress they made!

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I can't wait until I get home today - they are stenciling the top half.  It is going to look AWESOME.  

To say thank you, I made my go-to meal.  Skunk butt.  If you haven't made this yet, you are missing out.  The perfect crock pot meal.  

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They obviously didn't like it at all.

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Thought for the day

Question for the day

Do you think you would be more of a "nerd" or "free spirit" when it comes to managing money? 

What is your favorite crock pot meal?


  1. My fave crock pot meal is pulled pork. Travey and I are pretty opposite. I wouldn't want someone exactly like me (then I wouldn't always be right :) )

  2. What a cute post! Excited to see the nursery. It's so funny you mentioned the Financial Peace class cause I just read about it last week and thought of taking it. I'm single so not sure if it would benefit me more than just grabbing one of his books.

    1. I am so happy you asked because the class has a singles part too. During the class you are also grouped with people in the same life-stage as you. We are in the young parents group, but there are plenty of single groups. The class teaches you to have an "accountability partner" if you are single - so even though I can't speak from experience I think you would benefit from it.

      Hopefully we will see the finished nursery tomorrow! :)

  3. When it comes to money, Rich is definitely the nerd and I'm definitely the free spirit. We're both finance people but he's more into it than I am. I know how much money is in the bank and how much I can spend, but he's the one who has the 948843823 budget worksheets and analyses (and loves it). For everything else, he's the free spirit and I'm the nerd. Haha

    1. Isn't it funny how that sometimes works? I love hearing the different combos of people. :)

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  5. Cheers! You have a happy family.. God bless - Mark Gates www.bestproduct4u.com

  6. Haha!! We're opposites, too! So much so that our minister talked about it during our wedding ceremony!! It makes life more interesting, that's for sure!!


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