Falling in love brings many new experiences. You’ve got a partner to laugh, cry, and grow with for many years to come. When things get serious, you start to discuss your future and those difficult conversations call for openness and trust. Money can be a big stressor in relationships, but only if you don’t handle it correctly. Couples who are on the same page about their budgets tend to avoid disagreements and tension when it comes to finances.
For couples who have just tied the knot or for those close to being married, building a strong foundation for the rest of your life is very important. Weddings are huge expenses and even if you aren’t the ones paying for it, it brings up a great opportunity to discuss what is important to you. It’s not the easiest thing to discuss, but couples can use some conversation starters to open up about their views on money and the role it should play in their lives. This often leads to discussing kids, or buying a house, and maybe even future retirement plans. It may not be the most romantic date night, but communicating with your partner and setting goals is a great way to grow closer to each other.
Money Conversation Starters
Like other newlywed games, these questions help couples get to know each other, but they focus on more serious topics. Should you like your job or should you make a lot of money? Run through these and open up with your partner. You may learn a lot about their history and what they’d like to work toward.
2. Financial Goal Setting Sheet
Speaking of the future, all couples should be focused on setting goals for their marriage or relationship. Think both short term and long term about the things you want to accomplish together. Write them down and plan out some steps to get started.
3. Budget Tracker
This downloadable and editable template simplifies your budget into larger categories. Track against it each month and see how you perform. Make adjustments as needed and discuss any large expenses with your partner.
Get organized by planning out all of your paychecks, bill due dates, and any expensive purchases with this budget calendar. Never be late on a payment and have a clear understanding of what money is coming in and going out.
Like all things, budgeting takes practice and with two people involved, you’ve got another person cheering you on. After the wedding is over and you have a chance to celebrate your marriage, make sure you set up a strong future and have fun doing it.
On a personal note
One of our daughters is in a serious relationship, therefore I asked them to look at this material before I wrote this post.
They agreed that it will be a good resource even though they have already been discussing finances.
Even married couples can use this. If you are struggling with finances this could be the resource you need to get on the same page with your spouse.
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