- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
First of all, it sounds like you are very responsible and a planner, so I don’t think you’ll get yourself into trouble. The first thing you’ll want to do is keep your re-occuring bills as low as possible. The fist one on that list is rent. $1000 to $1500/month is not cheap on a $56,000 salary. I’d suggest getting a roommate to keep costs low. Being married or coupled does not mean you can’t have a roommate or two and it goes a LONG way to keeping costs down.
After housing, see what you can do to minimize your transportation costs. Maybe you can choose your housing so that you can be a one car (or no car!) family. That saves a TON of money.
If you are stressing out about this now without much opportunity to really do anything, I’d start by checking out some personal finance blogs or books. Money is not rocket science. And if you are someone who can do some basic planning and keep your “want-itis” in check, you should do well.