3 Credit errors couples make in the holiday season

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The holidays not only have the potential to be the best time of year, but also can be the most challenging for finances and relationships. It's common for couples to make one of these three credit errors over the holidays, and have it affect their relationship all year. A healthier choice is to learn from these common errors and have a financially fit 2015.     1. Not talking it over and having a plan together Issues around finances and money are consistently shown to be one of the top fights couples have. Add to that the stress of holiday gift giving, shopping, and tight budgets and you have a recipe for trouble in paradise. The best way to maintain bliss in your relationship is to discuss your household finances regularly, say once or twice a month, maybe around … [Read more...]

Trouble in paradise: Quarrels over credit

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Ah, summer, the season of romantic adventures and lazy mornings. It’s the perfect time to take your special someone on a romantic getaway or relax together by the pool. Sounds blissful.     Now say you’ve been with this special someone for a while now. Say the honeymoon period is over and things are starting to get a bit serious. When you used to talk about dropping everything and traveling the world together, now those hopes and dreams have taken on more than a touch of reality: buying a car, owning a home, starting a family. And you know it won’t be long before that special question arises: “What is your credit score?”     Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Financial health has always been a consideration in relationships. But in recent years, credit has … [Read more...]

Does Getting Married Affect Your Credit?

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Considering tying the knot? Congratulations! But, as any wedding couple knows, with wedding planning comes financial planning. The rings, the venue, the Pinterest-chic individualized party favors with gold flakes on them—with each addition to your perfect day comes a subtraction from your bank account.   All this spending most likely has you thinking about your financial future with your new spouse. I know how busy you are, so I’ve taken it upon myself to address the three most common questions couples ask me:   1. I don’t love my spouse’s spending habits. Should I try to teach my spouse new habits or just manage the finances myself?    One of the most important facts of life to know before you get married is that you can’t expect your spouse to … [Read more...]

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