If you're thinking about getting married, it can be important to consider whether you and your intended are financially compatible. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling has identified some key issues for couples to discuss:
•How much debt do each of you have? Before you tie the knot, lay it all out for your partner to see: What you owe on credit cards, vehicle and student loans, and any other debt. "Don't hide anything, as that's really getting off on the wrong foot," the foundation said.
•Review each other's credit scores and credit reports, the foundation recommended. "Each person has their own report and score, but knowing who is in better shape financially can provide direction when making large purchases down the road."
•Does your spouse-to-be's approach to saving match yours? Discuss what you consider worth saving money for, whether it's retirement, a home, sending children to college or a dream vacation. "It's fine to have your individual goals, but it's also important to have family goals too," the foundation said.