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finance for couples Jan 22, 2024

Finances: A Guide for Couples

Money matters can be a delicate subject. Money is, after all, a  taboo topic in our society. However, open communication and managing your finances together can strengthen your relationship. We all know that money is the leading cause of divorce. Let's set you on a path to a shared relationship AND financial success!


📞 Open the Lines of Communication

The foundation of any successful financial partnership is open communication. It's a good idea to start the conversation before you are in a committed relationship. Pick a time to sit down with your partner and discuss your financial goals, values, and concerns. Be transparent about your income, expenses, and your outstanding debts. This creates a solid starting point for building a joint financial strategy.


🥅 Establish Shared Goals

Define your short-term and long-term financial goals as a couple. Whether it's saving for a dream vacation, buying a home, or planning for retirement, having common objectives helps align your efforts. Like any goal you set, regularly review and adjust these goals as things change.


🏦 Joint or Separate Accounts? Find What Works for You

There is no right or wrong here, but a lot of people have strong opinions! Deciding whether to have joint or separate accounts is a personal choice. Some couples prefer shared accounts for transparency, while others maintain individual accounts for autonomy. It may be a good idea to consider a hybrid approach. Think about joint accounts for shared expenses and separate accounts for personal spending. Just remember, it's not etched in stone. You can adjust and find what works best for you as a couple as you go along.


🚀 Budgeting: Your Financial Roadmap

Create a budget that reflects your combined income, expenses, and savings goals. Allocate specific amounts for necessities, financial goals and discretionary spending (your Mojo Number). Some couples like to have separate accounts for their discretionary spending. It's essential to regularly review and adjust your budget to accommodate changing priorities or financial circumstances.


🛟 Emergency Fund: A Financial Safety Net

Building an emergency fund is crucial for unexpected expenses. I'd suggest aiming for at least three to six months' living expenses in a joint emergency fund. This safety net provides peace of mind and financial security during challenging times. This is the key to eliminating financial stress!


✅ Financial Check-Ins: Regular Reviews are Key

It's important to schedule regular financial check-ins together and review your budget, track progress toward goals, and discuss any changes in your financial situation. Keep the communication open!


🏈 Tackling Debt Together

If you have debt, plan to pay it off strategically.  Facing debt together can accelerate the path to financial freedom.


🌴 Invest in Your Future: Retirement Planning

Plan for your future together by investing in retirement accounts. Take advantage of employer-sponsored plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), or other investment vehicles. Remember to diversify your investments!


 🥳 Celebrate Milestones Together

Celebrate your milestones!  Big or small doesn't matter.  Acknowledge and celebrate everything you have achieved as a couple!


🗝️ Remember, the key is to stay open, flexible, and supportive of each other's financial journey. Together, you can build a life and reach your financial goals.

Wishing you financial success and a thriving partnership!

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