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Don’t Let Debt Ruin your Marriage

Fighting Debt

Money fights are an unavoidable part of being a couple. When we don't have enough money, it is common for many of us to slip into survival mode. If one partner has more debt than the other, there's a good chance that discussions about income, spending, and debt have come up. If you want to benefit from your financial unification, you'll need to follow a plan you both create together. Personality can play a significant role in discussions and habits about money. Be sure to keep the interest of both parties in mind. It's imperative to be clear and truthful about any secret banking accounts or undisclosed credit cards. Communication with your spouse is a crucial key to seeing your visions of shared financial goals come true.

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Living within your means is a critical part to accomplishing any and all financial endeavors. To live within your means, you first have to know what that implies. “Living within your means” proposes that you do not spend more money than you produce in earnings. Some refer to this concept as “input versus output” or “income versus outcome”. Merely knowing your annual salary or hourly rate isn't enough to help you live within your means. Understanding your net income and how often you get paid can help you match your paychecks' dates with your bills. Then you can focus on limiting your spending to accommodate your income. To keep things simple, try to "backwards budget." This method is done by subtracting each expense you pay every month from your monthly income. If you get to a negative number, you're spending too much and need to cut back. Making minor changes until you find what works best for both of you can also help effectively balance your budget.

Balanced Budget

In some cases, both partners are debt-free. Although this may appear to be the ideal situation, it is still imperative to discuss the disposition of funds together. Always keep in mind that you married this person for a reason, and you are both on the same team. Personal disagreements over financial decision-making are among the main reasons that married couples end up in divorce court. Money should be an ongoing topic. Take the time to sit down and look at your finances together at regular intervals. Writing your budget gives you accountability and maintains the spending limits you have agreed to set for yourselves, making it more likely to stick to the budget you discussed.

Young couple sitting on couch balancing budget

You can save yourselves a lot of financial arguments and stress down the road if you take the time to think about how you'll manage your household finances in advance. Stressing over money causes mental & emotional ailments, which can be avoided by removing negative recurrences and maintaining a positive attitude. Your outlook can influence every region of your life; thus, by changing your mindset you consequently change other parts of your life. If you have the mindset that your financial plan or goals will fail, then they will most likely do just that. Compromise often means giving up something, but if you look for solutions that meet each other's needs, you both will be much happier for it.

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