As soon as we got engaged I wanted to dive right into our finances. I immediate saw it as an opportunity to cut costs and get both our balance sheets moving in the same direction towards financial freedom.
My fiancée knew this was coming and has been very patient me. However, I quickly realized this was going to be a slow process. How are we going to handle our money? Do we even have our goals aligned? Does my fiancée even have financial goals? Are her financial habits conducive to mine? Everything was popping up at once.
In truth we hadn't really talked about money in-depth in some time. She thought we were very similar but over the years I have realized how different we are in our money management styles. She doesn't like talking about money like I do - its the best way to put her to sleep :-). Thats ok - if both of us were so focused on financial stuff I think our lives would be pretty boring and pathetic - she definitely helps balance me out.
I realized we needed to take a step back and start over - now that we knew we were going to be spending our lives together we needed to rediscuss everything that is important to each other (financially) and revisit all those casual conversations we had in the past.
We looked around and decided to pick up a copy of Smart Couples Finish Rich to read and discuss together. Even though I haven't been thrilled with some of Bach's previous books, I read a lot of positive things about this book and it seemed to be just what we needed. We hope this book will help us flush out everything again and help us begin this long process of merging our finances.
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