Two heads are better than one, so sit down with your spouse and plan out your financial future together. Prioritize your bills. By determining which bills to pay in which order, you'll get in the habit of making sure your essentials are always paid first. Be careful using credit. Sometimes a financial crisis will come not because of a layoff, but because you're overextended.
Most people can afford to devote 10 percent of their net income (after taxes) to installment debt, not including mortgage or rent payments. If you pay out more than 15 percent, you need to cut back. Establish an emergency fund.
Open a savings account and start .
Nathan Dawson writes for http://www.marriedfinances.com and http://www.successfulmarriageresource.com, great online sources for marriage and finance information.