Remember that money buys alot of comforts, but it won’t buy love. “Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail.” ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw.
You can buy lots of stuff with money, but only you can make you happy. And, a good love relationship can go a long way toward making you happy, too!
If you’re struggling with money and debt — and it’s hurting your relationship — read The Back to Basics Book of Money! A Couple’s Guide to Financial Peace.
And, here are five money tips for couples…
5 Tips for Managing Money After You Get Married
If money stresses you out as a couple, read The Best Way to Stop Fighting About Money.
1. Make money decisions together, as a couple. First, I have to confess that I’m not a good example of this financial management tip for couples — my husband does all our investing and bill paying! While it’s easy for me to let him do it, I really should not hand over all my decision-making power to him, no matter how much I love, trust, and respect him. I should know about our debts, investments, and retirement plans…and I’ve just resolved to make a “money date” with him tonight.
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2. Be honest about your saving and spending habits. Managing money after getting married is more difficult when one or both partners lie about money, hide their spending or saving habits, and avoid talking about debt problems. Lying about money is surprisingly common for couples in love…and it keeps them in financial, spiritual, and emotional debt. Be as honest as you can about your financial habits — it’ll save you money and love in the long run (though it might be painful at the time!).
3. Make sure you both understand your financial earnings and household budget. It’s important for both partners to understand their financial situation. This means creating a budget together that outlines all income and expensess, knowing the financial plans for the future, and agreeing on financial priorities. Both partners have to be involved in the finances, not just for the sake of their relationship, but also to save money and create financial abundance.
4. Keep separate credit cards and bank accounts. I have a Visa card in my own name, and I’m keeping it clear of debt. And, we have separate bank accounts — in our own names, totally separate. Some financial experts recommend having a joint account for household bills, which both partners have access to. This helps couples decrease debt by keeping them individually and jointly responsible for their financial future. This is one of the best tips for managing money after you get married.
5. Make financial decisions carefully. Every couple must decide if one parent will stay home with the children, and how that affects their ability to pay off debt quicky — and save money for the future. The decision to leave work is a big one; it affects Social Security income, health insurance costs and other financial factors. But, there are other consequences of staying home with the kids! For instance, some people find a strong psychological and professional value in going to work every day. The bottom line: decreasing debt and becoming wealthy as a couple isn’t just about making enough money and saving for the future. It’s about making smart financial decisions that won’t be regretted later.
For more tips, read 10 Warning Signs of a Bad Relationship.
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