10 Financial Tips for Newlyweds
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- June marks the start of the wedding season, a time of celebrations and new beginnings.
But before you stand at the altar, it is also important to know where you stand financially as a couple. You aren't just joining together your hopes and dreams, but also combining your money habits, spending patterns and even past debt.
As both the average marriage age and student debt loads rise, it is likely at least one partner will enter the marriage with significant debt. The average student loan debt is now more than $25,000, and the average credit card debt is almost $5,000 per borrower. These debts can cause significant stress on a new marriage. Revealing all debts early can ease the stress, and help the new couple start paying it down as soon as possible.
Getting married does not automatically make you responsible for debts incurred by your spouse before the marriage. Your partner's debt will only show up on your credit history once you are added to the accounts. However, the debt will still affect you when it comes to your household's income since there will be a lot less money to save, pay other bills or spend in ways that are much more enjoyable than debt payments.
Here are 10 financial tips for newlyweds:
Don't assume your spouse shares your beliefs about money--the spending and saving habits may surprise you. Watch how they use money. A free spender before marriage will probably be a free spender after marriage.
Be honest about your income, debts, and money problems. Bring out your bank statements from the past twelve months to show what you did with your money. Discuss your strengths and weaknesses with money.
This will give you a clear picture of credit accounts, debts, and how creditors will judge you. Aim to get your scores over 750 to receive the lowest interest rates for your first mortgage and other loans.
The wedding of your dreams can become a nightmare if you are still paying interest on it years later.