Too often with money, couples face two choices: Financially Ever After offers a third option: He offers dozens of real-life scenarios between couples, with scripts and suggestions for how to broach delicate money-related subjects with your significant other, whether he or she has a shaky credit history or is feeling left out of family financial decision-making.
The book also provides helpful tools to organize your financial life, such as a budgeting chart, a "scorecard" to track spending, and an "affordability calculator" to help you figure out how much buying a house will cost you. A must-read for any couple starting out, Financially Ever After lays the groundwork for building a healthy and thriving financial life together. Thanks for signing up! We've emailed you instructions for claiming your free e-book. Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities.
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International Customers If you are located outside the U. When you take a partner into your life, you're also taking your partner's debt. While you aren't responsible for paying it, you will still be subject to its influence on the relationship, whether that influence manifests as a partner's stresses and frustrations about always being in debt. He also shared this useful rule to remember: And, lastly, I appreciated the wisdom he shared on such basic everyday decisions as buying a house: If your lender cannot qualify you for the home of your dreams using a traditional, fixed-rate mortgage and, instead talks to you about considering adjustable-rate or interest-only mortgages, you're on the verge of living beyond your means.
I read this book pretty much straight through in about a day and took a dozen or so notes.
A few notes were from the first "before marriage section" but I found that most of the content I was looking for started in the last third of the book. The information on the nature of debt, sustainable lifestyles, affordable mortgages, retirement savings, insurance, and estate planning were all sections that I took notes on.
Could you find this information just surfing around the internet, yes, I have seen some of it before, however it is nice to view it in a consolidated manner and also somewhat verified by an author that is clearly proficient in the subject matter. Overall I liked the book and would recommend it both to married and unmarried couples as a good general financial guidance primer.
While I think the author gives a great deal of sound advice, I vehemently disagree with him that newly married couples should pool their money, giving up the idea of his and her bank accounts.
While in theory this is a good idea, it is naive. IF after a few years, you newly beloved spouse has demonstrated fiscal responsibility, then sure, merge. But for many, merging bank accounts can, yes, contribute to divorce AND further financial ruin when formerly trusted spouse cleans out the account by making purchases which were not discussed not agreed to.
I know this sounds terribly negative, but I too thought i had a good sense of my husband's financial habits but boy oh boy was I wrong and It cost me terribly. See all 9 reviews.
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When inevitable issues of power, independence, self-esteem, security and control come into play, the resulting arguments or silent avoidance can lead to terrible financial mistakes. Opdyke gives clear advice on managing both the real dollars and the real emotions of personal finance that course through every relationship, including scripts for questions partners should ask about each other's financial history, and gives cogent, easy-to-follow plans for the division of financial duties, budgets, prenuptial agreements and home-buying, particularly in light of the credit crunch.
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