6 Money Mistakes Newlyweds Should Avoid

Financial well-being August 23, 2015 By First United Bank

With summer wedding season in full swing, newlyweds will soon be managing their finances as a pair. Developing a financial plan can often take a backseat to the excitement of a wedding, but it’s important to remember that a wedding is not only a marriage of hearts but also of finances.

To help you start your journey on a strong financial footing, here are six post-wedding money mistakes to avoid:

  1. Avoiding the money talk. Discussing finances can be a bit uncomfortable for many couples, but those who tackle it head on will be better for it. Understand your partner’s financial goals and spending habits. While you may have different answers, this conversation can help you develop an approach to money management that works for both of you.
  2. Not setting a budget. A mistake many couples make is not establishing a budget early on. After assessing your finances as a pair, determine how you’ll spend your money each month. Are there certain expenses you should be cutting back on and others you should be saving up for? Coming to an agreement on these things and setting a budget will be beneficial for the health of your bank accounts and your relationship.
  3. Not having a plan for your accounts. There is no “right” way to manage your accounts. Couples can choose joint accounts, a joint account as well as separate accounts for saving or personal spending, or two completely separate accounts. Discuss your preferences together and decide what makes you both the most comfortable.
  4. Failing to set up an emergency fund. Life is full of surprises, and unfortunately, some of these surprises can be expensive. Having an emergency fund will help you avoid precarious financial situations should something come up. It’s important that you decide together how you’ll set aside the money.
  5. Not establishing a minimum cost for discussing big expenses. While not all purchases demand a conversation, more expensive ones that impact the family budget should. Determine what that threshold is as a couple. For any expenses above that cost, you both should be in agreement on whether it’s a necessary purchase.
  6. Forgetting to update your beneficiaries. Now that you’ve officially tied the knot, you should likely identify your spouse as the person who will receive the benefits of your will, life insurance policy, and financial accounts, like your 401k and checking and savings accounts. Don’t make the mistake of waiting for an emergency to arise to handle this.

By First United Bank