Excerpt: If you are reading this book together, you are on the road to making your marriage different. You can learn to use money in a way that minimizes financial disputes, contributes greatly to your marital happiness, and gives you a sense of deep joy and satisfaction. Whether you are engaged or newly married, the book in your hands is a guide to that type of experience. Money & Marriage, pg 14.
Back Cover: Newlywed couples quickly discover that money is a big deal in their new lives together. Conversations about money can all too easily turn into arguments about spending habits, credit card debt, and when to make major purchases. Getting on the same financial page is essential because research has shown that the more frequently a couple fights about finances, the more likely they are to divorce. So how do you as an engaged or newly married couple work as a team when dealing with money?
Financial expert Matt Bell shows you the way. This book will help you make the most of each other's financial strengths, teaching you how to work together to build a solid financial future. Through a ten-step action plan, you'll learn how to prioritize goals, get out of debt, build savings, invest wisely, buy a house, and much more - all in a way that minimizes stress and maximizes unity. With this essential guide, you'll avoid the pitfalls and place yourselves on the path to financial success.
My Review: Growing up, financial discussions were taboo in our household. My mother and father rarely spoke about money - other than to argue about it - and so I learned to avoid all discussions on the matter. Thankfully, my husband was of a different mindset. Early in our marriage we sat down and talked about many of the issues found in this book. I have never been so glad that we did. Our marriage has had very few financial arguments in it, and I truly believe it is because we took care of things right at the beginning.
Matt Bell's book really hits on the key areas of financial struggles and arguments. My husband and I enjoyed reading this book and discussing again the many considerations found between the covers. I think this book should be required reading for any couple going into marriage.
My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to engaged and newly married couples!
(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review)