I hope you and your family are doing well this week. With 2013 closing and 2014 coming in, I wanted to reflect on some of the most popular and useful posts on Couple Money and say thank you for all your support and feedback. Many times I’ve written based on what you’ve shared in the comments or with me in email.
It’s made writing here a true joy. I hope 2014 will be even better, so please let me know what you want to know about family and finances.
Building Your Net Worth Together
Two heads or better than one, but in some cases having two very different opinions about money can make things harder. We had some great discussions on the site about how couples tackle family and finances.
- Creating a Cushion for Emergencies That Works for Both of You
- Avoiding Affluenza as a Couple
- Managing Financial Conflicts as a Couple
Optimize Your Money Quickly
Even though most of us have an idea of what we should be doing, human nature has a funny way of getting in the way. Some of my favorite posts in 2013 dealt with getting over the barriers and just getting things done.
- How to Set Up Your Retirement Accounts in 20 Minutes: One of the goals we’ve had is getting our retirement accounts organized so we can easily contribute and keep tabs on them. I shared how easy it can be to open an IRA.
- Tracking Your Spending Easily: I don’t think there are many people who enjoy budgeting, but I think most appreciate and like having control of their cash.
- Paying Down Debt is Boring: Honestly paying down debt isn’t exciting to me, but I’ve found ways to stay motivated and almost like a game.
- How to Save $1,000 on Your Monthly Bills: One of my favorite reads this year, O’Connor’s book showed how he managed to shave a grand off of his family’s expenses systematically.
What’s a personal finance blog without some personal stuff? 2013 had its ups and downs - we some unexpected expenses (one of them rather large), but by working together we managed to finish this year with a slight increase with our finances.
- Shopping for a Car: Did having my husband’s car break down bum us and out set us back on our money goals for the year? Yes it most certainly did, but we had enough in our financial cushion to buy a replacement. Score one for emergency funds that work in an emergencies!
- How Much is Our Toddler Costing Us?: Happy to say that our little had a fantastic year. As part of our baby expenses series, we’ve updated what we’ve been spending to keep our little one happy.
Thank you for taking the time to not only read and use these money tips, but also sharing what you love with your friends. It’s my hope that 2014 will help more couples build their net worth by living on one income and having fun with the send.
Your Couple Money Favorites in 2013
Thank you again for a fantastic year! Reviewing some of the posts from this year was so much fun. I’d love to hear from you. Which are your favorite Couple Money posts from 2013 and why? Any topics you’d like to see tackled here in 2014?
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