Banking and Financing
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married is a serious lifestyle adjustment for any man or woman. Many things in
your life are changing all of a sudden: your name may be changing, you may be
moving into a new home or apartment and you may even be moving to a new city.
Your finances will probably be changing as well.
may be used to paying your bills and managing your own money. If you have been
living on your own for a long time, it may be difficult to change those habits.
However, when you get married, you will need to take a serious look at your joint
financial picture. By doing this before the wedding or shortly after the honeymoon,
you can avoid arguments about money that may pop up. After all, you probably both
have different methods for spending, saving and managing your funds.
first thing to do is determine a budget that will help your new household run
smoothly and efficiently. Using a computer spreadsheet or a simple sheet of paper,
compile a list of all income sources by month. Next, make a list of expenses,
which may include some or all of the following:
or house payment
list your expenses that may vary each month such as food, clothing, and transportation,
dental or medical expenses.
compare the two lists to determine how much money can be saved or used for discretionary
purposes such as dinners out, visits to the movies or theater, trips or home improvement
projects. If you find you are paying too much for a loan or credit card bills,
think of refinancing or getting a credit card with a lower interest rate.
and your fiancé (or new husband) will also have to agree on a financial
institution and how to conduct your banking. You probably both already have checking
and savings accounts so you need to determine if you want to merge those accounts,
keep separate accounts or open new, joint accounts. Pay close attention to interest
rates, monthly fees, services offered and types of accounts available when looking
for a financial institution.
may also want to meet with a financial consultant from a brokerage house about
investing some money for the future. This may cost surprisingly little to get
started and, in the age when many companies don't offer retirement benefits, will
go a long way in helping you to finance your golden years. Though it may seem
like a long time in the future, you will be glad you started saving and investing
while you were young. The return on your investment will be substantial in the
your finances with the Wedding Budget from the Creative Wedding Planner!