Ever since we learned we were having a baby last spring, my husband and I have been obsessed with saving money. I’d always imagined enrolling my kids in the same kinds of summer and after-school enrichment programs I enjoyed growing up. But now that our son is here, I’m beginning to realize my own kids may not be so lucky.
A substantial number of young people are bucking tradition and putting off marriage until they feel more financially secure, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
Recently, my fiance and I opened our first joint bank account. It took more time — and was more emotionally charged — than I anticipated.
After spending more than an hour filling out forms and going over our options with a personal banker, we drove to a local eatery — which was my suggestion; he would have rather saved the cash and eaten in — and hashed out a blueprint for how we’ll manage our money.
By the time we left the restaurant, I was drained. We’re both planners, and so we had talked about these issues before. But this was harder. It was the real deal.
Did you miss me last week? I was busy in Costa Rica holding monkeys and practicing archery with an indigenous tribe in the jungle. No, really. The most memorable experience of my trip was visiting a Bribri village, an indigenous community that lives far from modern society.
They aren’t consumed with technology 24/7. They don’t stress out about work the way we do. They don’t have their heads buried in their smartphones. They aren’t always obsessing over the next latest, greatest thing to buy. They value family, their community and their environment. They cook together and tell stories together. The only bummer is that when you’re out in the boonies, you can’t rely on credit cards.
Now that I’m back in the United States, check out my roundup of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week!
On Monday, my husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. Nothing major in our relationship changed when we got hitched, since we had already been together for more than five years. Yet there were many small changes. And I did have a minor melt-down over the holidays, but I learned from it and am becoming better at looking at finances as “ours” instead of “mine.”
Read on for my list of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week. The first one from Money is the Root is about this exact topic. Enjoy!