Most people don’t consider the financial implications of marriage when they take the plunge. Inherently, this isn’t a good or a bad thing, it’s simply that we have too many other things on our mind when we’re in love and ready to pop (or answer) “the question.” But...as we all know, marriage can have a … Continue reading Is Your Money Better Off Single or Married?
9 Tips for When a Saver and Spender Marry
One of the most challenging situations (and one that ironically seems to happen with nearly every couple I meet) is when a “spender” marries a “saver.” Here are 9 tips for dealing with this kind of situation.
5 Ways to Never Fight About Money
What's the secret of our relative success? By chance or by design, we've made the following 5 strategies a priority in our joint financial system.
How to Set Joint Financial Goals with Your Partner
When my wife and I got married last September, one of the first things I resolved to do was to create a list of questions and topics we would need to discuss in order to arrive at a comprehensive list of goals for our life together. I think my wife is used to my organized … Continue reading How to Set Joint Financial Goals with Your Partner
Using a Monthly Report to Discuss Money With Your Spouse
One of the tools I use on a regular basis to keep my wife in the loop about our finances is the monthly report. Monthly is a bit of a misnomer, since I really do it twice each month (once mid-month to monitor our progress, and once at the end of the month to review … Continue reading Using a Monthly Report to Discuss Money With Your Spouse
22 Ideas for Cheap Dates
Today is the 20th day of the month of March. That may seem insignificant, but those within my closest circle of friends and family know that I am not available tonight for calls, questions, or emergencies. That's because every 20th of the month, regardless of outside circumstances or what day of the week it falls … Continue reading 22 Ideas for Cheap Dates
10 Ways to Leverage Your Wedding Budget
My wife and I attended a very beautiful wedding on Saturday for a long-time family friend. For those who may not know, we are newlyweds ourselves, having married last September. If you've ever been through the wedding planning process, you know that they can be terribly expensive affairs. But as with any major expense in … Continue reading 10 Ways to Leverage Your Wedding Budget
Using Adult Allowance to Cut Back on Expenses
Over the last several years, my wife and I have started and continued to maintain a system of "adult allowances." As we've since discovered, the concept is neither new or unique to those in the personal finance community. Because we developed the idea on our own and later discovered our commonality with many others around … Continue reading Using Adult Allowance to Cut Back on Expenses
Using a Wish List to Curb Impulse Spending
One of my favorite personal finance tools is the wish list, because it helps stop impulse spending like almost nothing else can. Read about how to set up your own!