How to Throw a Budget Party with Your Spouse

My wife and I have had some incredible financial wins during our marriage. We eliminated $48,032 of debt, paid off our $195,000 mortgage and increased our net worth by $800,000 all in the last 9 years. And the one tradition that has been constant throughout the entire process has been our Budget Party.

The Budget Party is a monthly get-together meant to set aside time for me and my wife to have important conversations about our financial future together. We review how we used our money from the previous month, what we want to do with our cash this month and how we’re tracking on our overall financial goals.

Outside of the obvious financial benefits of this activity, these meetings are great for our marriage. We discuss what’s important to us, how we’re going to get there together and how we see our relationship growing over the years to come. With two small children in the house, time for discussion is limited. The Budget Party gives us a little break and helps me feel closer to my wife. 

If all this financial growth and marital relationship building stuff sounds interesting to you, I’ve compiled 10 easy steps for you to build your own Budget Party. This way, you can create your own monthly meeting and strengthen your family tree for years to come. 

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My Spouse Doesn’t Want to Talk About Money. What Do I Do?

And for our second question of the month comes in from Christine …

Hey Andy,

I’m looking for some advice. My husband and I have been together for 5 years now and money has always been a difficult subject for us because we have very different views.

I’m more financially conscious and he doesn’t like talking about money.

We have around $36,000 in debt. Our first child is due later this year and I’d love to be debt free like the people I hear on your show.

Combined we make around $120,000 and we’re in our late 20’s.

Do you have any advice for me to get my husband to want to pay off our debt with me?

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When Couples Have Different Views on Money in Marriage – with Dr. Laura Dabney

Married couples can sometimes have different views on money. Those opposing opinions can cause fights, arguments and in some cases, divorce.

My guest today has had a lot of experience helping couples to deal with this very issue. Dr. Laura Dabney is a certified psychiatrist based in Virginia who prides herself in helping her patients change their lives for the better. Her writing and advice have been featured in major media outlets like NBC, Bustle and Yahoo Lifestyle, as well as many other popular radio shows.

One of Dr. Dabney’s core focus areas is with marriage and relationship guidance … and we married folks could all use a little bit of that, am I right?

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How to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early on Less Than $50,000 Per Year – with Jessi Fearon

On our Mortgage Freedom series today, we’re going to interview someone who eliminated their mortgage on a single middle-class income in less than 8 years.

Jessi Fearon is a wife, mother to three little ones and during their nap time, she’s a financial coach. Her inspiring story of complete debt freedom has been featured in The Huffington Post, Nerd Wallet and BuzzFeed. When Jessi’s not crushing her debt and motivating others to do the same, she’s singing Garth Brooks songs and spending time with her family.

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The Benefits of Keeping Separate Accounts in Marriage – with Aditi Shekar

When we get married, we have an important decision to make. Do you merge your money or keep it separate? Well, what if there was an option in the middle?

I’ve invited the Founder and CEO of Zeta, Aditi Shekar to discuss different ways to manage your money as a couple. We’ll also learn about how their new financial tool is supporting couples with this big decision.

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How “No Spend Challenges” Helped One Woman Eliminate $78,000 of Debt – with Jen Smith

With nearly 80% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, most of us could use some help with saving a bit more.

Our guest today, Jen Smith, is going to show us how. Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in just under two years. A huge factor in their success was taking advantage of “No Spend Challenges”.

These challenges encourage you to halt all “personal spending” for a set period of time. This cold turkey approach could be an excellent solution for a large population of our country right now.

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Over $100,000 of Debt Destroyed on a Teacher’s Salary – with Allison Baggerly

For some people, their pile of debt can feel so huge that paying it off just feels like fiction. It feels impossible. It feels overwhelming.

Well today, I’ve invited someone on the show who felt the same exact way, but then she took action and won the battle against her debt.

Allison Baggerly and her husband partnered together to pay off $111,000 of debt in 4 ½ years. They completed this difficult feat on two teacher’s salaries with two little kids at home. In our interview, she’s going to share with us how she did it.

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Don’t Time the Market – with Rocky Lalvani

It is so important to evolve and to keep up with the ever-changing world. Because when we’re complacent and stuck in our ways, opportunities, excitement and potential wealth can pass us by.

I’ve invited someone on the show today who lives by this credo and his name is Rocky Lalvani.

Rocky is a life and money coach who has built a multi-million dollar fortune, not from his coaching biz, but from living a life focused on flexibility, frugality, and family.

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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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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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