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You’re married now, congratulations! You’re finally on the right track to spending your life with the person you love. But if you are feeling stressed out about money management, it’s okay. This is a common problem for newlyweds. Marriage is a big transition, and it can take some time to get used to how you should be managing your money in this new stage in your life. Not only do you have the stress of paying bills and keeping up with all of life’s necessities, but there is also an emotional aspect when thinking about what could happen if one of you were to pass away or divorce. It can be hard to figure out how much income and expenses come into play when thinking about these things. So here are some important tips that will help you manage your money in this new stage in your life.
How to set a budget
First and foremost, set a budget. This will help you to keep track of the money coming in and going out. You will need to list all of your monthly expenses as well as those that come up each year such as your car insurance or yearly property taxes. Once you know how much money is coming in and going out, you can decide where you can cut back, if necessary, or splurge. Whatever it may be, this step will help you to lessen the struggle with managing your money and give you a better idea of what’s going on with your finances.
How to save for your future
It’s important to think about your future when it comes to money management. And saving for your future is one of the most important things you can do when figuring out how to manage your money in this new stage in your life. If you are only paying the bills and living paycheck to paycheck, it will be hard to save up for anything else in the future. By taking some time to work with a financial advisor, you can balance today’s needs with plans for the future so that you can live comfortably today and when you’ve had children or retired.
How to save for emergencies
One of the most important things to do is to have an emergency fund. This is for those emergencies that you might not have thought about before. It can be small to start with so you won’t have to worry about it being too much, but it will help in many ways. For instance, if your car breaks down, you can use the money to fix it or get a new one. If you need to travel for a family funeral or fix a sudden roof leak but are short on cash, you can use this fund as well. This is just an example of times when money could come in handy.
How to avoid credit card debt
A lot of couples will use their credit card for purchases that are related to big events like weddings, honeymoons, and other life milestones. This can lead to debt if you don’t keep track of your spending habits. One way to avoid this is by using your credit card wisely- after all, it’s tempting when you’ve spent so much money on wedding expenses! Resist the urge to spend more money at once with a credit card because every time you do, it chips away at what’s left in your bank account and builds up debt instead.
When you first get married, life is full of exciting changes. You’re making new memories and settling into your new home together as a newlywed couple. It’s tempting to spend more money now that you have a spouse to share expenses with but it’s important not to forget about the future! Make time for budgeting and saving up for the future right from day one by establishing financial goals early on.
By Anica Oaks
who is a freelance writer who hails from San Francisco. When she’s not writing, she’s enjoying her time outside with her dogs.