The reason why you’re probably here is because you have taken the great plunge called ‘marriage’, and are slowly coming out of the honeymoon phase. Or, you have just started becoming serious after a long tenure of a live-in relationship, and together want to plan financially for the future as a couple. So let’s focus on some great money saving tips for couples, which will help in settling all your financial issues.
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“Marriage is not 50-50. Divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It isn’t dividing everything in half, but giving everything you’ve got!” — Dave Willis
State Your Goals
You must be having some common or different goals which both of you would like to materialize. Then, be it getting married (if you’re not already), possessing a house, bearing kids, or doing a Master’s degree in any particular field. Share these individual or joint goals with each other, fix a time frame for each goal, and plan accordingly to know how much money you need to save.
Formulate a Budge Plan
Maintain a catalog of your daily expenses and keep track of it for over a month. Then compare your total expenditure with your total income, and verify whether you’re living according to your means. By maintaining an open communication, this strategy will help you to come up with a cost saving plan, by cutting off unnecessary expenses, thus retaining savings for the future.
Stay Clear of Debts
Avoid falling in a debt trap, and if you’re already in it, make sure your topmost priority is to repay the debt(s). It may not be possible always, but it will help in the long run if you save enough cash to buy something expensive, rather than buying it on credit or through a loan.
Plan Ahead for Pension
So what if you’re not old enough! If you want to continue your lifestyle the way it is now, you’re going to have to consider how to pay for it when you retire. A pension plan serves as a medium to fiscal stability after retirement. The earlier you start, the better it is for your retirement.
Save Money on Your Electricity Bills
Use energy efficient light bulbs like CFL or LED. They last for many years and consume less amount of electricity. Unplug your appliances (TV, washing machine) when not in use to avoid vampire power usage. To protect your electronic appliances from a power surge, keep them plugged into a surge protector.
Call for Free Using Smartphone Apps
In this digital age, most of us like to chat. In addition to chatting, smartphone Apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, or Skype allow a cheap or free calling facility, provided the person you want to talk to is also online. This helps in cutting down on those telephone bills. But do mind your Internet data allowance first.
Change Old Equipment Into Cash Using the Internet
A host of websites help in switching your old items, like a mobile, camcorder, or TV for cash. You can sell your old item for a certain price online, which acts as a marketplace for used goods, ranging from furniture to electronic items. This option also assists in releasing the pressure off your mind in cleaning out your closet of old or unused items.
Go on Dates That are Less Expensive
While it may look tempting to go to that fancy restaurant or movie at the mall, they can also pinch your savings. Look for cost affordable options instead, like hiking or picnicking at a nearby scenic location, planning a dinner, movie night, or a game night (cards, Scrabble); the choices are limitless.
Create a Joint Account
A joint account can make finance handling easier and also fortifies trust in a partnership. You can make the most of your money by consolidating expenses. Talk about it at length and make certain that both of you are comfortable with this option.