Moving in with a partner
Money issues can mean stress for your relationship, so it’s important you agree how to manage your joint finances with your partner before you move in together. As with any relationship, communication from the outset is key!
Getting to know each other’s financial habits
When you move in with your partner, you both need to decide how to pay for your shared expenses such as your mortgage or rent and bills. Take into account each other’s incomes and general financial situation. The key is to come up with an arrangement that suits and seems fair to both of you. Also, discuss how you will keep track of your joint finances, and who has responsibility for what.
Managing your day-to-day finances
Discuss and agree how you will pay for shared expenses – you could each pay your own share, or use a joint account and make contributions to it. It’s important that both of you understand how much you can afford to spend, so that you don’t end up bearing the cost of the other’s overspending. If you have a joint account, you may want to put limits on your joint account. For example, you could request that both of your signatures are needed to make a withdrawal from the account. You could also agree to only transfer in a certain amount of money every month. It’s important that both of you understand how much you can afford to spend, so that you don’t end up bearing the cost of the other’s overspending.
Decide your saving and investment goals
Discuss your common savings goals. For example, you may want to save for a house deposit or for your wedding or just for a rainy day. Consider the impact certain decisions may have on other goals. For example, if you want to save for a deposit on a house can you afford to do this while paying your current rent? You may also want to consider setting up a joint savings account and pooling your savings, which may give you better returns on lump sum deposit accounts or savings accounts.
Decide what (if any) investment risks you are willing to take and discuss your concerns together.
Think about how you would cope if you were to become ill or unable to work
One option, if you can afford to save, is to set up an ‘emergency fund’. Aim to build up at least three months salary. There are other types of insurance products such as income protection, serious illness or mortgage repayment protection which can help you prepare for the unexpected.
Protecting your propertyIf you are renting, you may want to consider getting contents insurance to protect your personal items from theft or damage.
Protecting your family
If you have children the life cover is a must. It is cheaper than most people think when you get the correct advice. Contact your financial adviser for full details.