This year we took our annual family vacation to Disney World. One of our favorite things to do at night is to walk around Downtown Disney. The boys favorite stop is the huge Lego Store. They love it so much that when we announced our vacation they started saving their money.
Cole—our Saver—had no problem with Saving, and Cade—our Spender—was ready to save as he looked forward to the big “Spending Extravaganza!” Cade couldn’t wait to arrive … so much to buy, so many opportunities to spend.
Cole, on the other hand, started to struggle even before we arrived. “Dad, should I get the Star Wars set or the Avengers set?” It wasn’t the Lego set he was unsure about … he was struggling with his Money Personality. He is a primary Risk Taker and secondary Saver. This means he is willing to take the risk and make the purchase, but struggles with the parting of his own money. His quote at the store was “Mom, my Risk Taker is telling me to go for it but my Saver is saying noooo, don’t do it, don’t do it.”
Bethany and I were laughing so hard because this is what we call the “Opposite Dynamic” playing itself out in real life. On one hand he wanted to “go for it” and on the other hand he was saying “Don’t do it.”
Be sure you know your Money Personalities … and if you see the “Opposite Dynamic” play itself out in your life, share it here! We can ALL learn from one another!
Make it Happen,
Scott of The Money Couple