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How newlyweds can successfully blend finances


Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

Planning a wedding is a collaborative effort for couples. But the decisions do not end when the wedding reception wraps up for the night. Although couples spend months choosing everything from wedding bands to registry china patterns, even more decisions are on the horizon. These include decisions on housing, when to start a family and how to merge bank accounts, bills and investments that comprise their financial portfolios.

Many couples discuss finances before they tie the knot. Establishing a financial plan will shed light on how much you can afford to spend on your wedding. Newlyweds should make a list of financial matters that concern them, and these concerns can spark discussions about finances. Unfortunately, many couples are hesitant to discuss their personal finances because of embarrassing financial indiscretions or fear of being chastised by their spouses. To avoid conflict, consider these ways to merge newlywed finances.

•Be forthcoming with information. It may be embarrassing to have a low credit score or substantial amount of debt. But it’s still best to share this information sooner rather than later. Openness with regard to finances allows couples to work collectively to improve their financial standing.

•Begin slowly. After so many years of financial self-sufficiency, some newlyweds find it difficult to blend finances. Couples with vastly different salaries may struggle to determine equitable contributions to joint accounts, so it can pay to take things slowly. For example, open a joint account shortly after tying the knot, using the account to pay for home and living expenses. Keep separate accounts for discretionary purchases.



•Create a savings plan. Budgets that worked before you got married likely won’t be realistic now that you have tied the knot. Expenses and/or income may have increased, so examine your finances to get an honest assessment of your finances. Once a clear of how much money is coming in and going out picture is presented, you and your spouse can begin to map out your short- and long-term financial plans.

•Establish a family CFO. Many couples opt to split responsibilities equally, while others realize one person is better suited to managing money. Whatever your decision, it should be mutual. Financial conflicts are one of the biggest contributors to marital dissatisfaction. If one person is the primary account manager, the .....
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Budding romance blooms into proposal

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

A smoothie brought them together. Although Ashley Case and Phillip LaFleur both attended Fillmore Central High School, they never really got to know each other while in school as Case was a senior when LaFleur was a freshman, so they had no class ..... 
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Budding romance blooms into proposal

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in All Social Scenes

A smoothie brought them together. Although Ashley Case and Phillip LaFleur both attended Fillmore Central High School, they never really got to know each other while in school as Case was a senior when LaFleur was a freshman, so they had no class ..... 
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Fillmore County resident wins big

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Katie Davidson of Chatfield won $25,000 by playing the Corner Bonus Crossword game. Davidson claimed the prize on Dec. 10, 2015. Preston Motor Mart, 209 Kansas St. N.W. in Preston, sold the winning ticket. Minnesota wins: The L ..... 
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Fillmore County resident wins big

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Social Scenes

ROSEVILLE, MN. – Katie Davidson of Chatfield won $25,000 by playing the Corner Bonus Crossword game. Davidson claimed the prize on Dec. 10, 2015. Preston Motor Mart, 209 Kansas St. N.W. in Preston, sold the winning ticket. Minnesota wins: The L ..... 
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Bell Ringers

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz and Fillmore County Sheriff Tom Kaase were bell ringers for the Salvation Army in front of F & M Community Bank on Friday, December 18. Photo by Jessica Schultz

Birth Announcement - Claire Cecelia Mueller

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Nathan and Cassie Mueller of Rochester are proud parents of a baby girl, Claire Cecelia Mueller. She was born December 21, 2015, weighed 8 lb 3 oz., and was 21.25 inches long. Claire joins her big brother and sister, William and Elaina. Grandparen ..... 
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Engagement

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in All Social Scenes

Rindels ~ Tibbets Roger and Sandy Marzolf would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Rindels, to Jeff Tibbetts, son of Jim Tibbetts and Mary Tibbetts. The bride to be is currently employed as an Account Manager at C.H. ..... 
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Birth Announcement

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Social Scenes

Peyton Mae Cords Jared and Erin Cords of Rushford are proud parents of a baby girl, Peyton Cords. She was born November 11, 2015. Peyton joins big sisters, Ravyn and Teagan. Grandparents are Mark and Dawn Volkman of Winona, and Clark and Mary El ..... 
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