Getting married? Time to get started!

07 Jan 2015

If you’re recently married (or engaged), congratulations! There is no doubt you are agonizing on how to pay for your “big day” but let’s not forget about what happens after that day… the rest of your life!

With money being a major cause of divorce let’s make sure you form the correct habits for you and your spouse right from the beginning. To take the correct first step, let’s look at some helpful tips for combining your finances.

  1. Update beneficiaries
    • Change all beneficiaries on company retirement plans, IRAs, life insurance, etc.
  2. Initiate (or update) a “Will”
    • One of the most procrastinated financial items is the lack of having a Will. Don’t be part of the problem.
  3. Consolidate your credit cards
    • Easier to budget and you can save on fees
  4. Have adequate life insurance
    • There are many formulas out there, just make sure you have enough
  5. Start saving aggressively
    • I know, you don’t have much left after the wedding but now is the time to “rebuild” your savings and beef up your retirement plan contributions
  6. Have a serious discussion on debt
    • Know how much income you will have per month and more importantly know how you will both manage debt
  7. Organize all documents
    • Phone numbers, policy numbers, company website addresses should all be kept in an easily accessible place

Congratulations and Good luck!

Jeffrey A. Johnston, ChFC
President of Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc.

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Jeffrey Johnston

Jeffrey is originally from Solon, Iowa. He currently resides in Swisher, Iowa with his wife, Prudence, and his three children, Seth, Ian, and Roman. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1989, where he majored in Finance and Investments. He has 24 years of experience in the investment and estate planning business. He is currently the President of “Premier Investments of Iowa, Inc.” Jeffrey’s main focus is Estate and Investment Planning for Senior Citizens and Pre Retirees. Jeffrey became a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) in 2001. He is the author of many articles on industry related topics and he is a frequent seminar presenter. He is a Board Member TRIAD Linn County Seniors Against Crime, and he is also a past Board Member of the Heritage Area Agency on Aging Task Force. He is a member of CEO Roundtable in Cedar Rapids, a Daybreak Rotary Member, and a member of the Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Council. In March of 2009, Jeffrey became the host of the Premier Investments of Iowa Financial Hour which airs every Tuesday Evening from 6PM -7PM, on WMT 600 AM Radio. In his free time he enjoys golf, fishing, scuba diving, traveling, and coaching son’s basketball teams.