You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and now you have to actually figure out how to live with them in harmony. If you want to have a long-lasting union, you’ll need to be on the same page when it comes to your finances. One survey found that 95% of married adults thought “financial responsibility” is important when considering a spouse, trumping attractiveness and other traits.
But even if you have a similar money philosophy as your significant other, it can still be difficult to make all the right money choices. For one thing, there’s quite a number of decisions that need to be made all at once, especially if you’re planning to move in together or get married. And while most financial missteps can be remedied with time, it’s easier on your wallet to avoid them altogether.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the biggest mistakes couples make regarding their finances, and use them as a how-to guide for avoiding the worst of your possible money pitfalls.