3 Smart Alternatives to Merging Money in Marriage

For the last 8 years, my wife Nicole and I have merged our finances. Our joint checking account has been the holding place for all of my paychecks and all of hers. It’s also been the account where all of our spending has come from.

Overall, that system has worked pretty well over the duration of our short marriage. We’ve rid ourselves of almost $50,000 of debt, we paid off our mortgage and we’ve grown our net worth by $800,000. Our lives are comfortable. We have two kids that are happy and healthy. Life is good.

Every once in a while though, Nicole and I have disagreements about money. What couple doesn’t, right? 

There are times when we don’t see eye to eye on spending or saving for the future. I’m always looking for ways to increase our wealth, security and create more time freedom. She likes those things too but is often more interested in enjoying today and not depriving ourselves.

Honestly, I see our “saver vs. spender differences” as a positive. She helps me live a little and I help her plan for the future.

It’s got me thinking lately about what other ways, we could arrange our money situation. I don’t want to stick with the same arrangement if we keep coming back to the same disagreements. Wouldn’t that be some marital lunacy?

I reached out to some friends in the personal finance community to get their thoughts and opinions. This community has helped me win with my money in the past … why not my marriage?!

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Grow Your Side Hustle into a Full-Time Family Business – with Tom and Ariana Sylvester

More and more Americans are embracing the side hustle lately. The massive amount of debt in our country is forcing people to get a second or even a third gig to make ends meet.

But what if you start to really dig your gig?

Maybe you see this gig turning into a real “grown up” business …

How can we leave our 9 to 5’s and pursue our new passion while still providing for our family?

I’ve invited two guests on the show today that will help us answer this very question. Tom and Ariana Sylvester are a married couple that not only raises children together, but they also build businesses together.

They run a coaching business called Lifestyle Builders where they help everyday people build their lifestyle through entrepreneurship. Also, they own a liquor store, invest in real estate and still have time to be present parents to their two small kids.

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When An 18-Year Old Learns How to Become a Millionaire

Have you ever encouraged someone to do something positive in their lives for a long time and then FINALLY they do it? This happened to me recently and I could not be happier with the result.

Last month, I checked Facebook and discovered this message from my sister:

Look what I found when I opened up the family computer this morning! :-O Thank you so much for having such a positive influence on my 18-year old!

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Strategies for Becoming a Young Multi-Millionaire and a Super Dad – with Physician on FIRE

When you truly take control of your money and achieve financial independence, doors start to open up that you never thought were even possible. As a parent with young children, this new-found freedom and opportunity allows you to enjoy more time with your kids and make life long memories together.

The Physician on FIRE is my guest today and he is a perfect example of this type of family financial success.

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Help Your Family With Their Money Questions (Without Freaking them Out)

Our question of the month comes in from Paul from Michigan:


Hi Andy,

I’ve been into personal finance and financial independence for years. I often have family and friends that approach me about investing and other personal finance topics. 

Money can be such an emotional topic and evoke feelings of shame or guilt. It can also be a very overwhelming topic.

How can I speak with people in my life about financial independence, investing and money without alienating or overwhelming them?

Thank you!

Paul

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How Financial Therapy Can Help Strengthen Your Marriage – with Kiné Corder

When it comes to marriage and money, sometimes we need a third-party to help us enhance our relationship. This person can mediate a dispute or simply give us some guidance on communication techniques we haven’t tried before.

To open us up to this new world, I’ve invited Kiné Corder on the show today. As a practicing psychotherapist, Kiné supports couples with navigating the intricacies of marital finances. She’s found that a truly wealthy marriage is only possible when the relationship is as strong as the bank account.  

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Finding Love When Pursuing Financial Independence – with Gwen Merz and Erik Tozier

The dating scene can be rough when you’re financially conscious. Your priorities of saving and investing might be the complete opposite of your potential date’s priorities of spending and living for today.

As a wise man once said though, there are plenty of fish in the sea. If you keep at it, you’ll find your match.

I’ve invited two guests on the show today that know all about love and money. Gwen Merz and Erik Tozier found each other one year ago based on their love of financial independence and personal finance. These two personal finance gurus have combined their money superpowers and become a stellar couple.

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How Do I Become a Millionaire in My 30’s?

Our question of the month comes in from Whitney from California:


Andy,

I’ve been enjoying your show for the past few months. Your message of financial empowerment is really motivating me lately to clean up my family’s debt and grow our wealth.

I have a question that I think could be fun for you and informative for me.

With all of the millionaires you’ve had on your show, what are the top three things you’ve learned so far? I’m in my early 30’s and I’d love to become a millionaire before I’m 40.

Keep up the excellent work on the podcast, Andy!

Whitney


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Our $6,000 Family Vacation to Cabo Only Cost Us $300 – Here’s How We Did It

The Hill Family just got back from the best vacation we’ve ever been on together. Well, it was the only one we’ve ever been on together, but nonetheless, it was incredible.

We spent five nights and six days at the beautiful Paradisus in Los Cabos, Mexico. This all-inclusive resort was a true luxury getaway for our busy young family.

The kids played all day with us in the family-friendly pool and met new friends in the kid’s club. Nicole and I enjoyed exercising in the fitness center in the mornings, laying out in the pool cabanas during the day and eating at a different on-campus restaurant each night. We didn’t even care if the kids ate all of their food because it was all inclusive!

For Mother’s Day, I even booked a couple’s massage and facial at the spa. It was so relaxing that I fell asleep during the treatment (don’t tell Nicole).

It was a memorable week and we’re so glad we did it. The best part of all …

The entire trip only cost us $329.

Yep, all of it … The flights, hotel, food, private transportation and even the freakin’ spa. $329!

Let me tell you how we did it …

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