July 18, 2008

Fall 2008 Marriage Supplement

State offers free financial guide for newlywed couples

Money Skills for Newlywed Couples,” a free financial planning brochure from Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, can be downloaded online and contains a variety of helpful advice about how to maintain healthy finances in married life.

The brochure explains that proper financial planning can be a crucial part of marital happiness.

“It is never too early for couples to discuss financial planning since attitudes about money and spending habits can be very different,” Rokita noted. “The key to success is discussing finances before complications arise. Having the financial resources to deal with the unexpected will be as important as developing the communication skills needed to talk about financial matters.”

The brochure advises couples to set realistic goals, save as much as they can as early as they can, and decide what they want to start saving and investing for—a home, new car, their children’s education and perhaps even early retirement.

(The 30-page financial planning guide can be downloaded by logging on to www.in.gov/sos/securities/investmentwatch/pdf/Money_Skills_for_Newlywed_Couples.pdf. Couples can also call 317-233-3985 to request a copy.)

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