Welcome to the wonderful world of marriage! Now it’s not just "me", it’s "we"! You might think the “money stuff” will just work itself out overtime, but you’d be surprised how often married couples need to discuss financial management. Whether you merge your accounts or keep them separate, you must communicate and work together. Click to watch part one of my money tips for newlyweds!
Got the spring fever itch to freshen up, tidy, and de-junk? The obvious list includes the garage, gutters and pantry but don’t overlook your personal financial records. Below are five simple guidelines and links to further resources to make this process painless each year. TIP: Set aside time include your spouse and/or children in this process. It is a great teaching opportunity for kids.
Like physical fitness, financial fitness is a lifestyle choice. Consistent actions that build positive money management habits lead to financial wellness. Below are eight financial management categories. Listed in each category are action items to increase and improve financial fitness in that area. Choose at least one of the suggestions below to take a step toward improving your personal financial fitness.
Example: If I want to improve my credit score, I may choose to work on one of the credit tasks like accessing my free credit report.
CALL TO ACTION: Write down your choice and set a deadline to complete your task within two-weeks. Share your success with someone close to you, work as a team with your spouse if applicable.
During an interview with Channel 4 news I talked about the importance of having a big picture plan for where you're headed financially. A big picture plan can help provide the answer to the question, "so what"? So what if you make sacrifices to save money or pay down debt? Is it worth it? It is if you've got a goal in mind that's more exciting or more rewarding than your current situation.
Click here to read the full interview.
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