January 18, 2008

Smart Couples: Dreams Basket

My wife and I recently resumed reading Smart Couples Finish Rich. The book helped us discuss our different values, sync on our current retirement savings plan, and start talking about our insurance needs. The last section in the book...
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January 17, 2008

Smart Couples: Security Basket

My wife and I recently resumed reading Smart Couples Finish Rich. The book helped us discuss our different values, and sync on our current retirement savings plan. The next section in the book was focused on security including emergencies,...
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January 2, 2008

Managing Cash Flow

Wow -- I am still amazed at how complex managing personal finances gets once you get married. It's like that corporate project that gets extra headcount to speed things up, but yet everything slows down because more communication, more interlock...
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December 17, 2007

Meaningful Personal Finance Net Worth Reports

I have pretty much taken over all the money management, including investing, bill paying, and account management. However, I still think it so important that my spouse takes an active role in at least understanding what is happening on a...
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December 10, 2007

Paper Envelope Budget System

Before my wife moved over with me to China, I ate out at restaurents every meal. I was working like a dog and had little time to even eat let alone think about preparing a meal. When my wife came...
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November 2, 2007

Consolidating Our Finances

Back when we got engaged I had ambitious plans of quickly moving to merge accounts and making some changes to optimize things a bit and squeeze a bit more savings out of her expenses. This enthusiasm was met with a...
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October 31, 2007

Merging MS Money files

Back when my wife and I got engaged, I setup a new MS Money file to track all her financial accounts, just like I do with mine. I wanted to get everything of hers in one place and build...
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June 15, 2007

My Fiancee Has Quit Her Job

This hasn't been an easy financial decision for us -- especially given our akward state as an "engaged" couple who haven't really merged our finances yet other than a joint savings account for the wedding fund. There were a lot...
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April 11, 2007

Wedding Planning Update

Since January the wedding planning has gone into full swing. We were able to open the floodgates when my fiancee's parent agreed to pay for a large portion of the wedding (although amounts were not discussed). My fiancee and I...
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March 12, 2007

Canceling Fiancee's Security System

Its been a multi-year effort, but my fiancee has finally agreed to cancel her CPI security system service in her townhome. I think she held on to it an extra couple months just to iritate the heck out me...
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February 19, 2007

Im Taking A Year-long Assignment in China (I Think)

In December I decided to take an opportunity to possibly spend up to a year in China for a project I am now working on. As if my life wasn't crazy enough trying to get married I had to throw...
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November 17, 2006

Best Financial Decision My Fiancee Made

With all the one-sided insight I have provided into my fiancee's finances, I thought I should share a financial decision that I think puts her financials in perspective. My fiancee is very conservative with her money. She has managed to...
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November 6, 2006

I Tricked My Fiancee Into Doubling Her Retirement Contributions

Last month, my fiancée agreed to start making $50/mo contributions to her Roth IRA. We setup her up with an automatic contribution program so she wouldn't have to think about (otherwise it would never happen). I was really excited that...
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October 16, 2006

A Savings Goal for the Wedding Budget

As I previously mentioned, the wedding budget has been a sensitive topic for my fiancee and I. She quickly jumped off to the races thinking that we needed to book a reception location immediately and I just as quickly got...
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October 13, 2006

Small Steps Towards Merging Finances

Here are the financial actions my fiancée and I have taken since getting engaged: 1) Opened a joint savings account with monthly contributions for future vacations. 2) We started reading Smart Couple Finish Rich. 3) We reviewed my fiancée’s checking,...
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August 11, 2006

First Joint Savings Account

Fresh off a big vacation, my fiancee and I have decided to start a regular savings program for future vacations. We always talk about putting money aside for vacations, but in the end we haven't done it.So our plan now...
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August 7, 2006

We're Engaged!

I apologize for the lack of posts, my girlfriend and I took a 8-day road trip through the Northeast with stops in the Adirondacks; Quebec City, Canada; Golden Pond in Maine; Cape Cod; and Mystic Seaport, CT. We had an...
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