Money Management Tips For Newlyweds
Money Management Tips
Learning to live together as husband and wife is exciting and wonderful,
and now that your beautiful, romantic wedding and honeymoon are over,
it's time for you and your hubby to be attentive to your finances. This
time period sets the tone for your financial future.
A good starting place is to sit down and itemize what you have in your
savings and checking accounts. You also need to know how much money is
in your 401 (k) account, any stock or bond investments that you have
accumulated and any other assets such as: valuable collectibles, real
estate, jewelry, cars and etc. You also should list your liabilities,
including your student loans (if you have any) your credit card
balances, car loans, loans from family or friends and etc.
Money Management Tips - Immediate Decisions
- Decide who will be the primary manager of your finances. Will one
of you take on the entire task of managing your money or will it be a
- Decide if you want to share one check book or do
you each want to keep your own check book. Keeping individual checking accounts is easier when it comes to writing checks and keeping
an accurate balance. Neither of you has to look for the check book and make
certain there is sufficient money in the account to write a particular
check. (The accounts and be either individual or joint accounts, whatever works for you.)
- Do you and your hubby have an adequate income to meet all of your bills?
- Make a budget that you and your sweetie are comfortable with and stick to your plan.
Additional Money Management Tips
- Your credit score is a number generated by a mathematical formula
based on information contained in your credit report as compared to
information on millions of other people. The end number is an accurate
prediction of how likely you are to pay your bills.
- Take the time to learn your credit card scores
by obtaining your credit reports. (If you need to borrow money, the
higher your number the more likely you will receive a loan with a lower
- As of this writing you can use these numbers to order your credit reports:
- Once you receive your credit reports check them
carefully and if you determine there are errors, you can contact
Equifax, TransUnion or Experian at:
P.O. Box 9556
Allen, TX 75013
Equifax Information Services
P.O. BOX 740256
Atlanta, GA 30374
Customer Disclosure Center
Trans Union Consumer Relations
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000
More Money Management Tips
- Remember to notify your creditors if you change your name.
They will update your name with the credit reporting agencies when they
report your account information.
- You and your hubby are sharing your lives, so share your credit reports with each other.
- Paying your bills on time and paying down your debt will raise your credit score.
- Contribute the maximum amount to your 401 (k)
plan offered at work or Roth IRA if eligible, thus taking advantage of
tax deferred earnings.
- If you racked up high balances on your credit
cards to pay for your wedding, it's a good idea to pay down the credit
cards that have the highest interest rates as soon as possible.
- Until you get your credit card balances under
control, keep your new purchases to an absolute minimum. You can live
without a big screen TV or new chair until you can pay with cash.
- Since the interest rates on school loans is
usually much lower than credit card debt, make the minimum payment on
your student loans until you have paid off your credit card debt. To
determine if you qualify for a student loan tax deduction, check out the
government web site at www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc456.
- Learn about investing by talking to your family
and friends, a financial adviser or an accountant, read books and
articles or take a class to determine a plan of savings that will fit
- Be open and honest with each other, hiding money is a good way to lose confidence in each other.
- Communicate your concerns with each other so that you can make the best possible decisions regarding your financial future.
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