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Love and Money: Five Common Mistakes

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Love and Money: Five Common Mistakes

No couple likes to fight, especially when it comes to finances. Unfortunately money is the leading cause of stress in relationships and this isn’t only a problem for couples who are tight on money.  A survey has shown that the more your income increases, the more finances will put a strain on your relationship. What this shows is the importance of being on the same page as your partner when it comes to finances, no matter your incomes.


Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri has compiled a list of five common mistakes couples make with their money and how you can avoid them to lessen the stress on your relationship!


  1. Not Talking About Money Before Marriage

It’s important to have an idea of your future partner’s spending style. Is your partner tight with money because they grew up not having a lot? How does this impact how they envision your lifestyle to be once married? What’s their credit score?  It is important to have this conversation in order to refrain from becoming surprised or upset when one of you splurges or the other one invests.


  1. Not Having a Budget

If you are too late to avoid mistake #1, this is the perfect time to have that conversation with your spouse. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Take stock of what you have coming in, what you owe, and what you have for “extras.” This will help to prevent keeping secrets from each other about your spending, because everything is on the table.  Be sure the budget works long term for BOTH of you.  You can even get your kids involved in order to teach them about money and why sticking to a plan is important.


  1. Not Having Separate AND Joint Accounts

Are you a couple who only has a joint or separate account? We recommend both! Joint accounts make it easier to share in bills and debt together. However, it is still important to have your own account, so you can still feel autonomous in your decisions to splurge (within range of your budget).


  1. Waiting 30 Years to Pay off Your Mortgage

Just because it is an option doesn’t mean you really need to take 30 years to pay off your debt! If you do take the full term to repay the debt, you will pay significantly more in interest. Every extra payment that you make towards your home will be applied to the principal balance. This will enable you to sign that last mortgage check much sooner, permitting you to put money toward retirement, or other goals you have together.


  1. Letting One Person Make Decisions

Even if only one of you is bringing in a salary, it is imperative that you are both involved in the financial decisions. If you have one person who is physically making the payments, you should both be reviewing your finances monthly, and making adjustments as needed. Friction can happen when one spouse makes the financial decisions causing the other to feel like a child with a set amount given to them each month. Even if one of you is more financially smart, both should be included in the decisions. There is less of a need to keep secrets from one another when you both have purchase power and communication about your short and long term goals.


Making a plan together and sticking to it can help lessen financial stress in your relationship. If you feel stuck on where to begin, set up an appointment to speak with one of our specialists at Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri to help get you both on track to being in charge of your finances.


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