“Millennials in love” may sound like the title of a terrible pop song, but finding the right person with whom to share your life is a wonderful experience some of us get to enjoy sooner, rather than later. Life is complicated at times, and sharing it with another person can be a challenge if you aren’t prepared to work together as a team. Here are six lifestyle hacks for young couples to get this “adulting” thing together.
Keep Debt Low
It can be hard to go through life without accruing debt, but try to keep your borrowing to a minimum. Fast, small cash loans can be a big help when bills are due, and the bank balance is sparse. However, try not to make it too regular a practice that may hurt you in the long run. Pay with cash wherever possible, and try to avoid unnecessary purchases.
Start Investing TODAY
Saving and investing your money has never been easier; even if it might seem a bit daunting. The good news for today’s youth is that there’s an app for that! Programs like Acorns can help you save without the stress by rounding up each purchase made with the credit cards you choose, and transferring it into a portfolio. This means you’re investing cash without noticing on a daily basis, and you’ll love seeing that return on your investment down the track. It is free to use as a bonus for students.
Support Each Other Through School
Speaking of students, falling in love during your college years doesn’t need to be an academic deal breaker. Many couples can revel in mutual support working towards their degree with their spouse. For others, balancing various life circumstances such as adding children into the mix can be a serious challenge to their studies. Many couples arrange their lives so that one partner can work fulltime to support the other while they are in school, and then pass the education baton back after they’ve found a steady job.
Buy Small, Live Large
The tiny house movement may not be the spectacular investment it’s cracked up to be, but the trend is still growing, and you can use the savings of renting or purchasing a larger place to your advantage. Downsizing your living space can also eliminate the accumulation of excess stuff, which means more cash in your pocket for life experiences or to put away for the future.
Cook at Home
The health benefits of cooking at home can be enormous if done often and together. Additionally, by not going out frequently for dining, your pocketbook will be sure to thank you as well. Cooking at home doesn’t have to be the chore some people make it out to be. It can be a fun and romantic activity to engage in as a couple. Making a date night out of meal planning, picking up ingredients at the grocery store, and preparing the meal over a glass of wine can be beautiful, meaningful time spent together.
Learning how to talk to each other early about both light topics like meal planning and what streaming services to use, and weightier issues such as children and money will benefit you both in the long run. Even though many of these topics may seem overwhelming, being able to listen and communicate will only strengthen the bond between you. It is important to know that fights are inevitable, but each quarrel is an opportunity to problem solve as a unit and grow closer throughout the process.
Young love is worth harnessing. With these lifestyle hacks, you can build a financially and emotionally stable relationship for the long-term.