Say “I DO” To A Financial Plan
CCNB offers tips for managing money together
The wedding season is in full swing and newlyweds will soon be managing their finances together. CCNB encourages couples to waste no time addressing how they will handle money issues as spouses and financial partners. “Developing a financial plan can often take a backseat to the excitement of a wedding,” said Dawn Kinard, Coastal Carolina National Bank’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “But it’s important to remember that this is not only a marriage of hearts but also a marriage of finances.”
TALK ABOUT MONEY
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.
SET 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.
ESTABLISH A PLAN
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.
CREATE AN EMERGENCY PLAN
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.
SET A MINIMUM COST FOR 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.
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.
Coastal Carolina National Bank (CCNB) is a Myrtle Beach-based community bank serving Horry, Georgetown and Brunswick counties. CCNB, a five star rated community bank, focuses on providing personalized service and offers a full range of banking services designed to meet the specific needs of individuals and small to medium-sized businesses. CCNB is headquartered in Myrtle Beach and has additional branch locations in Garden City and North Myrtle Beach. Call us toll free at 866-418-9219 or visit myccnb.com for more information. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.