Marriage and MoneyIn the early years of our marriage, money was not a fun subject as we struggled with a lot of debt and only a little understanding of the importance of financial harmony in our life together.  We had no plan and just followed the (really, really poor) example of money management we witnessed among our friends and in our culture as a whole.

Fortunately, we learned a lot along the way and now enjoy a great deal of freedom in the financial area of our marriage.  We’re debt-free and honestly never argue about money.

I want to share our journey and give you the guidance that I wish we would have had before we were married nine years ago. Like our own path, this journey will generally follow the advice of Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps, but it will include our personal experiences and specific advice for engaged, newlywed and not-so-newlywed couples.

To give this important topic the attention it deserves, I plan to break it all down into (at least) nine different posts.  I’ll begin sharing this series on Monday, and we’ll look at a new step along our financial journey each week for the next two months or so.

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There are three things you should know before we get started:

  • I am not a financial counselor or professional, and you should view this information only as input from a friend who has “walked a mile in your shoes.”  I take no responsibility for your application of the information.  OK, end disclaimer. 🙂
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I’m super excited to write a meaningful series that I really hope you’ll enjoy.  I’ll see you on Monday for our first step along the journey.

In the meantime, please take a minute to share any specific financial questions that you would like addressed in the comments below.  Or just share you thoughts on whether you think this series is a good idea.  Thanks!

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About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  1. This is SUCH an important topic in marriage. Other than your family and faith, money is next thing you and you’re wife focus on the most in your marriage.

    Jill and I love Dave Ramsey’s stuff and it has literally changed our marriage. We were never at each others throats about money management, but we did both feel the weights on our shoulders.

    I’m looking forward to hearing your take and experiences on it.

    1. That’s awesome, Andy. I didn’t know you were a fellow Dave Ramsey fan. I knew there was something I liked about you. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait! I would love to hear what you do as a dad/family, having kids and all. Vacations, budgeting meals, buying children stuff, etc…

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