Wedding on the cards? Here are 6 financial planning tips for the newly – weds!
June 6, 2017
It is the wedding season and some of you who have recently gotten married or are about to tie the knot in the next few weeks must be aware of the enormous scale of wedding expenses. While it could be difficult to limit these expenses, post your wedding some cognitive steps should be taken for financial planning together with your partner. In order to preempt the chances of encountering incompatibility in financial matters, couples should opt for a plan that is fully acceptable to both partners and promises security for the future.
So before you fly up and away for your coveted honeymoon, here are 6 financial planning tips for you to be aware of.
1. Share and pool ideas to formulate an effective plan
It is very important that newly-wed couples engage in honest conversation that will serve to build a healthy climate of understanding and trust between them. Whereas the couple’s individual financial planning mechanism may have been flawless and effective before marriage, the need for absolute clarity on the way forward is critical to a future that is free of conflict and financial hassles.
2. Decide on a joint or a separate account
In a marriage, the importance of trust cannot be minimized and the couple’s financial standing, as individuals, occupies a space that revolves around the pivot of trust. The couple should not shy away from fundamental decisions such as whether to opt for a joint bank account, where the cash flow can be viewed and managed by either, or separate accounts, especially if both partners are earning members. In either case, it is best not to compromise on the aspect of mutual trust.
3. Build a fund for emergency situations
While the individual partners may have been inclined to spend money lavishly or feed off parents’ income before marriage, it is time for discipline and a sense of responsibility, once the equation changes with the newly wedded status. Adversities, especially those that arise due to financial pressures, should be anticipated and planned for. Such challenges can take the form of an unexpected illness, a loan repayment schedule interruption or even a failed job. Ideally, this fund should amount to the sum of the expenses of a few months.
4. Save prudently
Saving is a habit which like any other, grows on people. The couple should earmark a fixed amount that will go into their savings. This amount should be determined after accounting for regular and incidental expenses that will be necessary for both sustenance and for lifestyle choices. The ground rule should be that finances are planned to allow for a reasonable and consistent remittance towards savings.
5. Invest smartly
Savings by itself is not sufficient to cater to all our future goals. Income declines or ceases altogether, as life advances and states such as retirement become a reality. It is at such junctures in life that we need a hefty corpus to sustain our lifestyle. It is therefore inevitable to continuously invest your savings in instruments that suit your profile. Inflation and the galloping cost of living can strain the best of financial plans. As such, it may be a wise decision to make the money in a savings account generate enhanced monetary benefits through judicious investment.
6. Get an Investment Plan
It is possible that prior to marriage, the couple had adequate allocation to different asset classes on an individual basis. However, post marriage, one should always look at the combined portfolio. This leads to a need for redesigning your investment plan. The help of a financial expert can be a practical and productive consideration, in this regard.