6 Financial Errors Newlyweds Should Avoid

If you are soon to be wed, or have recently tied the knot, there are some key money issues that shouldn’t be ignored. To help newlyweds successfully manage their finances as a pair, Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank suggests avoiding the following post-wedding money mistakes highlighted by the American Bankers Association:

1)      AVOIDING THE MONEY TALK

Discussing your finances can be a bit uncomfortable for many couples, but those who tackle it head on will be better for it. Understand your partner’s financial goals and spending habits. While you may have different answers, this conversation can help you develop an approach to money management that works for both of you. 

2)      NOT SETTING A BUDGET

A mistake many couples make is not establishing a budget early on. After assessing your finances as a pair, determine how you’ll spend your money each month. Are there certain expenses that you should be cutting back on and others you should be saving up for? Coming to an agreement on these things and setting a budget will be beneficial for the health of your bank accounts and your relationship. 

3)      NOT HAVING A PLAN FOR YOUR ACCOUNTS

There is no ‘right’ way to manage your accounts. Couples can choose to have exclusively joint accounts, a joint account as well as separate accounts for saving or personal spending, or keep things entirely divided. Discuss your preferences together and decide what makes you both the most comfortable. 

4)      FAILING TO SET UP AN EMERGENCY FUND

Life is full of surprises and unfortunately, some of these surprises can be expensive. Having an emergency fund will help you avoid precarious financial situations should something come up. It’s important that you decide together how you’ll set aside the money.

5)      NOT ESTABLISHING A MINIMUM COST FOR DISCUSSING BIG EXPENSES

While not all purchases demand a conversation, more expensive ones that impact the family budget should. Determine what that threshold is as a couple. For any expenses above that cost, you both should be in agreement on whether it’s a necessary purchase.

6)      FORGETTING TO UPDATE YOUR BENEFICIARIES

Now that you’ve officially tied the knot, you should likely identify your spouse as the person who will receive the benefits of your will, life insurance policy and financial accounts like your 401(k), checking and savings. Don’t make the mistake of waiting for an emergency to arise to handle this.  

 

 

About Victory State Bank

 

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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