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2014 Press Releases

AHEAD OF VALENTINE’S DAY, METLIFE RELEASES FINANCIAL TIPS FOR COUPLES

NEW YORK, February 10, 2014 – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, MetLife has released a top 10 list of financial tips designed to assist couples in achieving their financial goals. Given the significant role that financial matters play in couples’ lives—with the average couple discussing money 20 times a year—the tips provide a blueprint that will help couples avoid common mistakes and manage their finances in a way that suits both partners.

“As every couple knows, it’s important to be on the same page when it comes to money,” said Jeff Tulloch, vice president at MetLife Premier Client Group. “With Valentine’s Day approaching, we wanted to share some simple tips that can help contribute to a sound financial future for couples—and a sound relationship.”

The list of tips comes from a “Love and Money” workshop that is part of MetLife’s workplace-based PlanSmart® Financial Education series. Launched in 2008, the series offers a selection of workshops relevant to employees of varying ages and career stages. The workshops fulfill employees’ interest in financial education and planning help in the workplace, and address a variety of topics such as Investing 101, planning for college, and estate and retirement planning.

MetLife PlanSmart Top 10 Financial Tips for Couples

  1. Learn about your partner’s financial situation before committing to a long-term relationship. Talk to them about their credit score, debt, and how you will handle larger financial issues as a couple.
  2. Adopt the “yours, mine, and ours” approach to joint accounts. Set up a joint account to manage your money collaboratively, with monthly payments directed to individual accounts that allow each person to spend some money as they choose.
  3. Determine who will be responsible for paying bills, balancing the checking account, and researching large purchases, based on each of your talents and needs. It’s okay to make changes as you go along if one person becomes too busy or isn’t doing a good job.
  4. Establish shared financial goals for both the short and long term, and how you will work together as a couple to achieve them. If you need to, seek the advice of a financial professional to