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Don’t ignore these 6 financial red flags before you get married

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It’s summer!  Hooray for warm weather and cookouts and yes—even weddings!  June is one of the most popular wedding choices around and who can blame those of you who save a June date?   The weather in most areas is sublime and tons of brides are anxious to tie the knot and make those December engagements legal and official.  Love is a good thing but it does come with a price tag that is both emotional and financial.   How many times have you heard a divorcee proclaim that if they knew now what they didn’t know then?  I decided to ask a few people to complete this question with their own answers and I was amazed at the sage advice that was shared so openly from both happily married types and from some divorced folks as well.  Take these suggestions as simple guidance.  … [Read more...]

Dream Wedding = Credit Score Nightmare?

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Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life… and the most expensive. Many times, the cost of an extravagant engagement ring, followed by a blow-out wedding and a five star honeymoon can cost more than just money.   Couples who choose to spend more on these items are also often opting to charge their expenses on credit cards. Unfortunately, if you’re not able to pay the resulting bills on time, your credit score will suffer. With a lower credit score, you can count on higher mortgage rates, interest rates and other long term financial effects. So, is it worth it?   A recent survey conducted by myFICO examined couples’ views on financial management issues. The results reveal that while most know that credit is important, many are still charging … [Read more...]

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