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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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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Forget Divorce and Become a Legendary Couple with Kids – with Brandy and Lance Salazar

When we’re young, in love and newly married, we feel like nothing can stop us. We’ve found our soul mate and the romantic love is on fire.

Then the kids come into the picture and there’s little less time for “us”.

  • How do we continue to make our marriage a priority with the responsibilities of parenthood?
  • How do we align our actions and our finances to support a healthy marriage?

Today, I’ve invited two guests on the show who are going to help me answer these questions.

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How Do We Split Expenses as a Married Couple?

It’s the first Monday of the month my friends! That means we’re taking another question from the Marriage, Kids and Money Community. 

Today’s question comes in from Kat …


Kat:

Hi Andy!

My name is Kat.  I recently got married, actually 12 days ago. It is both our first marriage and also our first time living and sharing the living expenses with a spouse.  We decided to not merge everything together, but to have our separate accounts that we had before we got married and also open up a joint checking. On top of getting married, we also got a condo together.

We went through the Financial Peace University through our church 3 years ago.  We both don’t have any credit card debt or any other loans besides the mortgage. My question is or rather, me seeking advice is, what’s a good percentage for us to contribute to our joint checking account? We don’t make the same amount, therefore, I felt like putting a percentage rather than an amount would be ideal. I’m just having trouble figuring out what other couples do who are in our same situation.

Thank you and I look forward to listening to your show.

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Transition from Double Income to Single Income and Become a Stay-at-Home Mom

Our question of the month comes in from Tyler from Livonia, Michigan:


Tyler:

The thought of potentially living on a single income is scary, but it’s something that we’re considering more and more as a family. My wife is growing tired/weary of simply leaving our son at home and not being there / providing for him as she feels she should.

So, the question is this…

Any tips for transitioning to a single income to support a family?

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How to Craft the Perfect Money Date – with Elle Martinez

On this podcast, we often talk about the importance of a true financial partnership with your spouse. When you’re on the same page about money, your marriage feels balanced. You have less stress, fewer money fights and it just feels better.

But we do we get there?  

Where do we start if we’re feeling off-balance?

Today, I’ve invited my good friend Elle Martinez to join us on the show again. This is our first repeat guest so you know she’s awesome.

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How to Consistently Save $85,000 Per Year – with Jamila Souffrant

When a goal-oriented person discovers the excitement and allure of financial independence, there is little that can stop them from reaching this huge milestone.

The intensity and results are multiplied when you have a married couple with a combined six-figure income working toward the same goal. This is a recipe for skyrocketing the net worth and savings.

To demonstrate this type of savings superpower, I’ve invited Jamila Souffrant on the show today. In 2016, she and her husband partnered together to save over $85,000 in just 12 short months.

And then … they did it again in 2017.  

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How Early Retirement Can Enhance Your Marriage – with Tanja Hester & Mark Bunge

If you’ve been married and working full-time for a while, you know the importance of quality time spent with your spouse. This is a chance to catch up, to talk about fun memories and make new ones together.

Unfortunately, our busy careers can make these quality get-togethers really difficult most days. There are late nights at work, deadlines and out-of-town trips. But … 

  • What if you woke up on Monday morning and you didn’t have to go into the office?
  • What if there were no more business trips and no more work-related deadlines?
  • How would that enhance your relationship with your spouse?

To answer these questions, I’ve invited Tanja Hester and Mark Bunge on the show today. After 10 years of marriage and 6 years of diligent savings, this young couple decided to retire from their busy careers in late 2017 and give more time to their marriage.

At 38 and 41, Tanja and Mark have regained the best years of their lives. As early retirees, they are pursuing their passion for the outdoors, travel and spending more quality time together.

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How to Increase Your Net Worth by $700,000 in 7 Years

One fall night in 2010, my wife Nicole and I were watching the Suze Orman Show. (Yes, I used to DVR it). There was this fun segment where someone would call in and Suze would analyze that person’s financial health and give them a grade. It was called How Am I Doing?

One term that we kept seeing over and over again on this segment was “Net Worth”. Since we were personal finance newbies, we had no idea what this meant. Nicole and I were making a combined six-figure income together so we figured our net worth must be HUGE.

After the show was over, we decided to see how rich we really were. There was no doubt in our mind that we’d be better off than most of the jokers that call in to the show and get an “F” grade from Suze!

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We walked upstairs and started to write down all of our numbers on a big white board. By separating our “assets” (what we owned) and our liabilities (what we owed) into two big columns, we started to discover that we weren’t rich.

We were kinda broke.

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