Love and Money: A Guide to Combining Finances

How to tackle everything from joint bank accounts to budgeting to taxes.

There are so many things that are exciting about getting married: the wedding planning, the honeymooning, the energy and positivity you feel from your family and friends as you're walking down the aisle.

Noticeably absent from this list: financial planning. While not exactly romantic, it's key to remember that getting married isn't just about combining your personal lives, it's also about combining finances—as well as discussing the goals you have as a couple, whether that's going on a dream anniversary trip or retiring early. And truth is, those are things you need to talk about whether you're still shopping for rings or celebrating an anniversary (or 10).

So where to begin? Use our money and marriage guide to finances as a blueprint for what to start tackling together.

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