Moving in with a partner? Read our top tips for living in financial harmony.

So you’ve decided to take the leap and move in with your partner? Congratulations on this big life step! After looking for a place to live, the next thing on your agenda should be to discuss sharing finances with your partner.

Set expectations

It’s time to be realistic about what type of spenders you are. If you’re savvy with your money and a great saver, whilst your partner is a little more carefree with their spending, you may need to discuss what you expect from each other financially. For example, if you’re not ok with late rent because your partner overspent on their last shopping spree, it’s best to bring that up early on.

How to budget and save

Let’s face it, everything costs money! Bills, food and insurances are just some of the expenses you’ll need to save for. Use our budget calculator to get an idea of how much you need to put away to cover your outgoings. Create a simple spreadsheet with all of your expenses and any income to see what you’re left with at the end of the month.

Open a joint account

The key is to decide what this account is for. Is it for paying bills? Is it for dining out and entertainment? You both need to decide how much you’re willing and able to contribute to your combined funds. Be clear on the purpose of combining your money so you can keep each other in check. Horizon has a range of savings and access accounts so you can get the most out of your money. Check out our best everyday accounts for young couples.

Credit or savings?

How will you make everyday purchases? Are you an avid credit card user or do you save for everything you buy? Whatever your method, let your partner know so this can be factored into your budget. Thinking a credit card is the way to go? Check out our low rate, no annual fee Visa credit card.

Make it fun

Don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while. Dinner and a movie or buying those concert tickets will feel even more rewarding when you’ve been saving together. Living with a partner is a new and exciting experience. Whatever your financial outlook, open and honest finance conversations are key for financial (and relationship) harmony. 

Thinking of moving in with a partner? Check out our range of savings accounts to get you started on your journey.

Horizon Bank has a branch network spanning the NSW South Coast and Illawarra. Horizon Bank branch locations: Albion Park, Bega, Bermagui, Berry, Merimbula, Moruya, Nowra, Thirroul, Ulladulla & Wollongong.

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