When saying ‘I do’, it is important for newlyweds to discuss all the ways they can save money as a couple and keep the marriage loving and communicative. Some of the most common arguments couples have in a marriage relate to the lack of money savings. There is a Kansas State University study that discovered couples arguing about money early in a marriage are likely to feel poor relationship satisfaction in the long haul. The wedding in itself is an expensive ordeal and often couples notice the wallet has taken a hit after the honeymoon is over. Luckily there are ways to cut back on expenses and start saving money for a happy and financially sound future together. It all starts right at home.
The National Weddings Examiner, Briana Booker, reached out to the U.S. Department of Energy on ways to help couples, who are also homeowners, save energy and money. The U.S. Department of Energy has so many wonderful resources on how to save energy and money all at the same time. Here are some ways just married couples can avoid breaking the bank today:
- Learn about your partner’s thoughts and perceptions about money. What did your partner learn about finances while growing up? What did you learn about finances while going up? Attitudes about money can mold how couples spend and save money as well as correct big money mistakes couples make as newlyweds.
- Address money talks together instead of separate. This includes home energy savings, bills, credit scores, retirement, future money spending/ savings as well as overall debt. By doing so you are learning what you prioritize as as couple.
- Turn off the lights when you aren’t using them. Why waste energy when you are not in a room? If it is daylight, open up the blinds and curtains to let in some natural light and active solar heat into the home. The heat of the sun in the form of air or liquid can serve as an excellent supplemental heat source. By doing your best to turn on lights when it is dark outside, you can save tremendous amount of money on your next energy bill.
- Be mindful of your heat usage. It is still winter and heating can be expensive during this time of the year. You can save money on your energy bill by using heat wisely. This can be as simple as cooking food in a pot with the lid on. Using lids can help cook food faster and result in using less energy.
- Buy energy efficient home appliances. These home appliances are given energy efficient labels because the home equipment uses less energy than other models and making the right choices can help you save money on your electric bill. Yes, energy efficient appliances can include light fixtures and bulbs that meet ENERGY STAR guidelines. On average that ENERGY STAR lighting can help you save $75 each year. These are just some of the many energy and money saving tips that can help you maintain a healthy, happy and successful marriage. For more fantastic energy and money saving tips, Visit Energy.gov.