from daveramsey.com on 12 May 2010
If you’re getting ready to tie the knot, then one thing you definitely want to talk about with your honey is money!
You probably have lots going on, and emotions are running high. But believe us: now is the time to get on the same page about money. Money fights and money problems have been the leading cause of divorce for decades—but the good news is that these issues are preventable! Getting on the same page creates a strong foundation for a healthy, lifetime marriage. Plus, you’re stopping money fights before they start!
A lot of couples find that being unified with their money increases their intimacy overall. Like Dave says, “When you can talk about money, you can talk about anything.” Talking about money is easier than you may think—especially if you start before you say, “I do.”
The process of bringing your money together doesn’t have to add stress to a time of pre-wedding bliss. It can actually be fun! Here is a quick five-step checklist to get you started building a solid foundation for your life together:
- Put It All on the Table
Transperency is Key!
- “Marry” Your Accounts
When you get married, combining your money into joint accounts is a crucial step.
- Start Budgeting Together
Get tips for uniting over the budget.
- Make A Plan
Set priorities together and make a plan for moving through Dave’s Seven Baby Steps as a team.
- Put Your Relationship First
Whatever you do, don’t stress! It’s just money. Your relationship is so much more important.