Please note that the info in this post is purely based on my relationship with Sam, I'm not trying to persuade anyone to live a certain way or to tell you that we're right. We're still learning, always learning, and creating a relationship that works for us.
We've only been married for 5 months, so I thought it would make for an interesting post, hopefully something that others can contribute to as well - what works for you and what doesn't as a married couple or a couple living together. And as a side note, before we got married, our Pastor recommended this book to us. We took the information and applied it to our lives as we saw fit, but it gave us a great basis for our relationship, and forced us to ask questions of each other that we might not have thought of on our own.
- Being open and honest - knowing how much we each made, when we got paid, and the things we didn't want to sacrifice (designer jeans! ) was an important topic .
- Combining our accounts - before the wedding we decided to have accounts for the following categories which has been awesome: Leah's, Sam's, Expenses (groceries, gas, etc), Bills, Savings, Emergency Savings, and Vacation. I think those are pretty self-explanatory.
- Planning our expenses. Knowing when one of us wants to buy something pricey is something that we share with each other. That way we know when we need to save a little extra or plan ahead for a big purchase, like a TV, or new windows for the house.
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What about you, is there something that you find works really well for your relationship?