Once you have emerged from your honeymoon back into everyday life, it is important to address your personal finances as a newlywed couple. As financial troubles are one of the main reasons for failed relationships, it is important for married couples to set themselves up financially in the right way to prevent financial issues from occurring in the future.
In this article, you will discover three smart money moves newlyweds can make when they start their new life together.
It is important to address your personal finances as a newlywed couple.
1. Set up an Emergency Fund
One of the first financial moves you should make as a newlywed couple is to set up an emergency fund if you don’t already have one.
The amount you put into an emergency fund can range from $1,000 to $3,000. Some personal finance experts even recommend more. However, with that amount you are able to cover unexpected expenses that your insurance won’t cover and, therefore, receive a certain level of peace of mind when it comes to your finances.
If one or both of you are in debt, it is important that you sit down together to set up a debt repayment plan. Whether you bundle each person’s debt together into two debt consolidation loans or set up a D-I-Y payment plan where you pay off your highest interest-bearing debts first is up to you.
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What is vital, however, is that you decide together how much money you will use each month to pay off your debts and how much you will leave for other expenditure.
3. Set up an Investment Plan
Once you have set up your emergency fund and have created a detailed debt repayment plan, you need to start looking towards the future by also setting up an investment plan. While it may take time to pay off your debts, there will be a time when your debt are paid and you can start using the money you put aside for investments.
To set up an investment plan, the two of you need to decide on what kind of investments you want to make, how much risk you want to take and how much you can put aside each month for investments.
Whether you pay a small amount into a mutual fund every month or whether you save up for a down payment for an investment property is entirely up to you. However, what is important is that you set these financial goals together to ensure a happy and prosperous marriage.