Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ten on Tuesday - on Thursday

10 Things To Do Before You Get Married

(This is not necessarily stuff I did, but after being married - and my ample 3 1/2 years of experience (ha!), here is my list of suggestions.)

1. Live alone (no roommates) for at least 6 months
2. Learn how to manage your money independent of someone else
3. Pay all your bills yourself - no help from parents, this includes all forms of insurance - for at least 1 year
4. Have a decent - I could keep this job for a long time if I wanted to - kind of job.
5. Own your own car
6. Be 21. Looking back on it, it's a little absurd to be married but not legal to drink. If the government doesn't consider you mature enough to have a beer.....
7. Go on a road trip with friends
8. Finish college. It sucks working full time to pay the bills and going into debt for school and having to find time to go to class, do homework, keep your house clean and still spend the much-needed time with your spouse.
9. With the exception of car, school or house - get out of debt. Just pay your bills on time every month. Credit cards aren't evil. Just pay them off.
10. Have had at least a full year of your life - not living in your parent's house - not being under age 18 - where you were completely single and learned to live life on your own.


Sara Jane said...

I love the list! Perhaps mine is a bit dramatic becasuse I'm older and still single... :) But I agree with your entire list.

Emily said...


Jessica P. Wallin said...

Thank you for this list! I have actually been trying to convince Nathan that we should live on our own for a little while if we're serious about getting married. He has issues that irk me, and I have issues that irk him. I told him, you know if we broke up, we'd have these issues resolved like, instantaneously, so why wouldn't we want to improve ourselves while we're together? So, I think maybe if we just lived separately but were still together we could solve these issues, but he's having a hard time believing it. I just want to make things work! Thanks again.

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