Monday, September 28, 2015
Strengthen your connection by doing some money talk. Financial or money talks are done right before couples tie the knot - ideally. But most couple put these aside because they're so much in love and they perceive that love can keep them alive. If you haven't done any money talks, it's not yet too late to start today. Sit down together. Talk about your debts (if there's any) and plan how you can get rid of them together. Even though you've been married for some time now, you will still have individual styles in budgeting and saving. Talk it all out and agree on a definite financial plan.
Reassess and realign your financial goals. As you both work through the years, pay increases will happen. You might be able to get out of debt faster than you thought. Check your financial goals and reevaluate your strategies in saving. Can you afford to increase the amount of money you wish to save? Do you have enough money to cover emergency situations? Keep in mind that your finances as a couple is a work in progress. That means there will always be rooms for improvement.
Give financial autonomy a try. To some couples, keeping their money all in a joint account doesn't work. If you experience the same, don't force yourselves to it. Keep an individual savings account and see if you can agree to have a joint bank out where you must deposit a part of your individual income.