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August 15, 2016
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…debt. The world of finances can be tricky by itself. When you get married, you not only take another person into your home and heart, but you also take on their finances. Marriage finances can be a real struggle. Between the cost of day to day living, student loan debt, mortgage payments, diapers, groceries, and everything else, it can be hard to keep up with the constant expenses of married life. Mismanagement of finances in your marriage and really tear it apart, and just like it’s important to fight for each other emotionally on a regular basis, it’s just as important to fight for each other by working together to manage your finances well! Christy Hunt is a sweet friend who I met in church, and she has an awesome business called Hunt Financial Fitness, which is a financial coaching firm for businesses, individuals, and even marriages! She and her husband Walter are such a kind and super fun couple, and it always amazes me how calm they are no matter the circumstances. I would imagine it’s because they have a stronghold in faith, and a stronghold in their marriage finances, that their minds are always at ease! Check out these 3 awesome tips from Christy on how to keep your marriage finances in check!
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Thursday will make one year that we have been married and we have been tremendously blessed. We have experienced so many new blessings and God continues to keep blessing us. My husband is recently retired and I have started a new Financial Coaching Firm, and we now see how finances can change in the blink of an eye. We are learning how to live as one with each other, as well as one with our finances. We are continuously growing together and continuously learning from one another. We are learning how to live on a budget and make smart financial decisions. Financial matters and communication are two of the most important components in a marriage. This is something that can really make or break a marriage!
This is Christy and Walter at their gorgeous Norfolk wedding last year!! Aren’t they gorgeous?!
Here are three simple tips that my husband and I follow to stay on track with our finances, together, as one in our marriage.
Always Pay Your Tithes: No matter what is going on in our lives we pay our tithes and offerings together as one family. We know that God said in Malachi 3:10: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” So true!! When say we trust God, we have to trust Him with EVERYTHING: our marriage, family, situations, and especially finances. And that little amount we give back to Him is a seed that will bear more fruit than anything we could create ourselves!!
Build A Savings: We have a strict savings plan that we follow, no matter what is going on. We know that it is very important that we prepare for future plans and unexpected emergencies. You never know what can happen, and you should always have a savings to use.
Have a Spending Plan: Now that we are both using one account, it is very important that we put a spending plan in to place. You cannot have one person swiping their card and the other writing checks every day; you will definitely mess up your account that way. We follow our budget for the week and use cash so we do not have to keep using the debit cards. We only write maybe two checks a month.
In marriage, not only do you become one, but your finances become one also. You should never take your finances for granted in your marriage. Just like you take the time to work out misunderstandings in communication, you have to do the same for your finances. Be patient and understand that you both maybe coming from different backgrounds when it comes to money; but you are now one, so you have to grow together to make it work. My husband and I made the decision to always be honest and communicate with each other so that we can continue to keep experiencing the joy in our marriage. I hope these tips will be helpful to you and your spouse. May God Bless You!
Contact Christy for more financial tips and tricks for your marriage!! Thanks so much for your encouragement, today!!
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