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Are you financially ready to get married?

Before you say 'I do' talk to your intended about money. Our quiz will help you find out whether the bride and groom are on the same page financially.

Want your marriage to be a success? Don't forget to talk about money. Before the ceremony.

That's right, the filthy green stuff. It's a great tool for building a life together. But if you and your soon-to-be spouse have radically different financial goals and attitudes, it can derail your new-found happiness faster than a drunken uncle at an open-bar reception.

So take a few minutes to find out if you're on the same page financially. Either way, you both win. If you're of one monetary mind, you're ahead of the game. And if you're not, you've got time to work on your wedding and financial plans together.

  1. When it comes to your intended's annual income, you:

    more or less know the annual salary.
    know the amount to the penny.
    don't know and don't think it's important to find out.
    have seen your partner's W-2 forms.
  2. You carry "a little" more credit card debt than you'd like to admit. You plan to apprise your future spouse:

    before the wedding.
    after the wedding.
    when it comes up.
    never. My bills, my business.
  3. When it comes to a credit score, you:

    don't know yours or your future spouse's.
    know yours, don't know your partner's.
    know both of them.
    know it's just a number that has nothing to do with love.
  4. You are planning the wedding. The budget is based on:

    what you, as a couple, can afford.
    what the bride wants.
    what the bride says the groom wants.
    what the two of you deserve on your special day.
  5. When it comes to your intended's financial style, he or she:

    is a spender.
    is a saver.
    is a little of both.
    will change.
  6. When it comes to the future, you:

    have talked about where and how you'll live.
    are taking this love one day at a time.
    know you'll always be together and nothing else matters.
    know exactly where and how you'll be living 20 years from now, right down to the white picket fence.
  7. Do the two of you have a financial plan?

    No.
    Yes.
    We have no money; we don't need a plan.

 

 
-- Posted: April 12, 2005

 

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