Set a shared financial goal
Say you both decide you’d like to take a nice trip at the end of the year or purchase a new car together. You’ll have to set a shared financial goal to do that—one to which you’re both obligated. Let’s say, for example, you both need to put aside an extra $200 a month (so $400 total) to meet your goal and get that thing you want. Because there is something fun at the end of this road, your partner will feel motivated. But the process of putting aside that money will also force him to take a closer look at his finances.