Managing finances as a couple can be hard — very hard. Sometimes your goals don’t line up or you have disagreements on how to reach mutual goals. But with a plan and a commitment to working together, any couple can be successful with their finances and achieve long-term stability. The information below will help you learn how to manage your finances better together.

5 Money Mistakes that Can Hurt Your Marriage

Money is often cited as the number one reason for divorce. So it would make sense that most couples should get on the same financial page before walking down the aisle in order to (hopefully) ensure marital bliss. But just because we know a piece of knowledge doesn’t mean we actually take advantage of it. Take, for example, my husband…

Money & Relationships: 5 Things You Should Know About Your Partner

According to a survey released last year by, credit scores are quickly becoming a top factor when it comes to finding compatibility with a potential mate. In fact, 96% of women rated financial responsibility as an important quality versus 87% who said physical attractiveness was a determining factor. Men found both to be important, coming in at 91% and…

3 Financial Mistakes We Made As New Parents

Being a new parent provides a lot of excitement. You are filled with hope for the new little one and want to provide the kind of life they’ll need to succeed as an adult. We often hear that it takes at least $250,000 to raise a child, I don’t believe that’s the case. Rather, it can be done more reasonably….

5 Ways to Pay for a Wedding With Little Money

If you’ve gotten married or attended a wedding recently, you know they can be expensive. The average wedding costs, as of 2014, just over $31,000 and that doesn’t even to begin to touch the cost of a honeymoon! In a perfect world, you would’ve budgeted for your wedding but in many instances that is simply not the case. It is…

Why It Doesn’t Cost $250,000 to Raise A Child

As a parent to three little ones, I can tell you one thing – they can be expensive! Not really earth-shattering, I know, but there is always something they seem to need. As a parent, I want the best for my children. What parent worth their salt doesn’t want that? However, when I hear that it costs nearly $250,000 to…

5 Benefits to Combining Finances with Your Significant Other 

About 6 months ago my then girlfriend (now fiancé) and I bought a house together. Realizing this was a major financial decision we also decided to combine our finances. While we had been pretty open about money with each other up to that point, actually sitting down and going over all of our expenses was a different level of openness….

How to Navigate Tough Money Conversations in a Relationship

Do a quick search of the most common things couples fight about and it becomes glaringly obvious what the answer is: money. Yes, there are plenty of other things to squabble over, but several studies have landed on money and finances as the common thread that binds most couples together – or, in this case, tears them apart. Money is…

If You’re Buying a House, Please Don’t Get Married

The news is everywhere. The spring home sale has begun and both buyers and sellers are highly active. Home sales are surging to the fastest pace in the last 18 months. According the Realtor Mag, existing home sales rose 6.1% in March month-over-month. After a quiet start to the year, sales activities picked up greatly throughout the country in March….

Lessons I Learned from a Financially Dysfunctional Relationship

A study published a few years ago by a Kansas State University researcher found that having money fights early on in a relationship is the top indicator that a couple would be headed for divorce court down the road. While I have never been married, I can say that a past relationship entrenched in financial dysfunction makes me more than…