Marriage & Money Tips

Resources


This page will contain many resource links to help you plan your finances after the honeymoon. As a couple you are now sharing your life as one. It will take time for spouse's to adjust to each other. Money issues are the number one problem that causes disagreements in a marriage. The biggest challenge is to get your finances under control. The resources below should help you start making your plan. Good luck!

Here are some excellent articles on my site for you.

For budget planing.
To see it go here now!

For term insurance read and get a free quote. To see it go here Now!
For health insurance read and get a free quote. To see it go here Now!
For auto insurance read and get a freq quote. To see it go here Now!

To go to the article on Marriage & Money Tips, select here.

Software Resources

This section contains links for resources that can be viewed using links for Windows and Mac.  Just hover the mouse over the link for a description and price and click on the buy button to purchase.

Net Worth: Mastering Your Personal Finances (DVD-ROM)
Personal Financial Statement Software v4.6
You Need A Budget Pro - Personal Finance Software Program
Lifestyles - Add Budgeting Reality to Career and Life Planning for Students and Adults (User Guide and CD-ROM)
Quicken Deluxe 2010
Personal Recordkeeping 5
Quicken Personal Finances 2007 for Mac
Quicken Personal Finances Deluxe 2007 [OLDER VERSION]
Liquid Ledger Personal Finance

Book Resources

This section contains books that you can purchase by clicking on the appropriate link.
Just hover the mouse over the link to get a description and price and click on the buy button to purchase.

My Budget Organizer
For Richer, Not Poorer - The Money Book for Couples
Money Harmony

MARRIAGE & MONEY TIPS

The ceremony and honeymoon are over and reality has now set in. You are living together as one and both of you will need to make some adjustments. This is especially true of money and debts that both of you have incurred prior to your marriage. This article will provide you with some tips on how to begin the process in making your marriage last, being prosperous and taking control of your finances.

Begin With The Basics

  • Create a household budget and stick to it!
  • Pay down any debt accrued before you got married.
  • Start saving for your future together.
  • Plan for the unexpected.
  • As a couple, create a total financial game plan.

This step requires patience and persistence. Sit down together and begin to formulate your plan. There are tools that you can use to assist you in budget planning. The sooner you do this the better chance you have of not fighting over finances as a couple.  SmartMoney indicated this is the biggest problem facing married couples.


Some Tips to Consider

  • Update your will if you have one. If not, make one.
  • Update your life insurance policy if you have one. If not, buy a term life insurance policy that covers the entire family including children.
  • Update your medical power of attorney.
  • Decide on guardians for your children.

Suggested Budget Plan

  • 35% Housing - includes mortgage or rent, utilities, insurance, taxes and home maintenance.
  • 20% Transportation - includes car payments, auto insurance, tag or licenses, maintenance, gasoline, parking, tolls and transit.
  • 15% Debt - includes student loans, retail installment contracts, credit cards, personal loans, tax debts and medical debts.
  • 20% Other - includes all other expenses: food, clothing, entertainment, childcare, medical expenses and charity.
  • 10% Savings - save at least 10% of your income throughout your working years. Pay yourself first!
Remember, the above are just suggested guidelines. You may have to make adjustments in areas where you are above the guidelines and where you are under. Your budget plan should be flexible and be ready to fine tune it as you go along.

Keeping finances separate or in a joint bank accounts is a matter of personal preference. But, whatever you decide, do not forget to communicate! This should be done on a regular basis.


Do's And Don'ts

  • Do break bad debt habits (90 million households carry credit cards, with an average debt load of more than $10,500 (USA Today, March 22, 2009.)
  • Don't delay in paying off credit cards completely. (The average household pays about $1,000 in credit card interest a year. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 18, 2004)
  • Do communicate honestly to each other about your spending habits.
  • Don't abuse your credit.
  • Do communicate on a regular basis concerning the household finances.

Save For A Rainy Day

Starting a family or retiring from your job might seem like a long way off, but it pays to start planning early. Saving and investing is an essential part of your financial game plan. This means more than just putting a few dollars into a savings account. Here are some suggested areas of saving:

  • Emergencies: According to a recent survey, only 28% of households said they have enough money saved to weather a financial difficulty. (Money, April 2004). If you have to make a home repair, pay for an unexpected injury or supplement a spouse%u2019s income due to unemployment, you need to have some cash on hand. A good goal to shoot for is to have enough for at least 3 months of core expenses.
  • Short Term Goals: Maybe you are dreaming of a summer vacation, new appliances for your home or another big-ticket purchase. Save up for things. It%u2019s better to pay cash than getting locked into high interest credit card debt.
  • Children%u2019s Education: If you plan to start a family, it is a good idea to think about education. With annual tuition at a 4-year public university topping $8,000, starting early can make a big difference. Determine if you plan on paying all or part of this expense. Inform your children how much they will be paying for before they start there first college course.
Retirement: If you are among those who have not saved a dime for retirement, starting now will pay big dividends later. You need to start saving and investing now. Social Security checks will not cover all of your basic retirement needs. You will have to supplement Social Security with additional retirement funds. The average Social Security check for individuals is $1,079 and $1,761 for couples as of 2008. You need to start your retirement investment plan together.

Plan For Tomorrow...Today

No one wants to think about tragedy or loss, but you should discuss with your spouse a game plan if something unexpected should happen to either of you.

Nothing can replace the loss of a spouse. A term life insurance policy protects your family if something should happen. Depending upon you expenses, if you have children, a policy that covers between 6 and 10 times your income should be enough. (MoneyCNN.com, August 4, 2003).

In addition to the life insurance policy, it is important to talk about each other's wishes if one should die. Discuss burial site, to be cremated or not, and a will covering the distribution of your assets and care of your children.


Next Steps

What has been presented seems like a monumental task for you to think about. It is not that hard. You will need to focus on your situation. Every married couple is unique and their finances are no exception. My website will direct you to some very helpful links and will provide tools that will help you begin your financial game plan. Good luck! May your marriage be very successful, happy and prosperous.


Software & Book Resources

This section contains links for resources that can be viewed using links for Windows and Mac.  Just hover the mouse over the link for a description and price and click on the buy button to purchase.

Net Worth: Mastering Your Personal Finances (DVD-ROM)
Personal Financial Statement Software v4.6
You Need A Budget Pro - Personal Finance Software Program
Lifestyles - Add Budgeting Reality to Career and Life Planning for Students and Adults (User Guide and CD-ROM)
Quicken Deluxe 2010
Personal Recordkeeping 5
Quicken Personal Finances 2007 for Mac
Quicken Personal Finances Deluxe 2007 [OLDER VERSION]
Liquid Ledger Personal Finance

Book Resources

Just hover the mouse over the link to get a description and price and click on the buy button to purchase.

My Budget Organizer
For Richer, Not Poorer - The Money Book for Couples
Money Harmony


Go to top of page

Copyright © 2009 Find Out More Quickly All Rights Reserved