You’re Engaged! 3 Financial Things to Start Thinking About

Every year, more than 2.2 million Americans get married, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Choosing to marry is one of the biggest decisions any couple can make, and the romance of an engagement is worth savoring. However, there are practical, financial considerations as well. You need to start making wedding plans, starting with a wedding budget. There are additional financial considerations that will have a more lasting impact, such as combining finances and financial planning for the future.

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Budgeting 101: Where Should You Spend Your Money Each Month?

If you have income and expenses, then you already have some form of a budget. A budget doesn’t have to be a complex spreadsheet or computer program to track your spending. When you pay the bills each month, you determine how much money is in the bank and how much you need to pay what you owe—simple budgeting. However, just tracking money coming in and going out is not going to help you achieve your financial goals. For that, you need financial planning, including gaining control of your monthly budget.

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Money Mindfulness: The Importance of Setting Financial Goals

Money concerns are top of mind for all of us. We worry about how to pay the bills, whether we are saving enough, and how to reach our financial goals. However, worrying about money is not the same as money mindfulness. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. If you can train yourself to be mindful of your spending and your approach to money, many of those financial worries will disappear.

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