Living on One Income

Aditi Shekar
August 20th, 2018 | 1 minute
Living on One Income
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Elle Martinez, our guest on Episode 5 of the Money Date podcast, is a personal finance blogger, entrepreneur, mom, founder of CoupleMoney.com, and the host of a podcast by the same name.

The Hot Take: Elle has helped hundreds of couples manage their finances together, so she’s full of great advice. But our biggest take-away was that learning to live off of one income can open up so many doors for couples and their families.

Early in their relationship, Elle and her husband Rob started living off of one income out of necessity, while she worked at an internship. But they quickly realized that if they could cover all of their essentials using just one of their incomes, they could then put all of the second income directly towards their goals. So whether that was saving money for date nights or for a house, they were able to get there more quickly with this approach.

Extra Resources: Elle had so many other great tips on how to approach finances as a couple. In addition to listening to the episode, we recommend checking out a few of these Elle-endorsed resources:

  • 5 days, $5k: A free challenge Elle offers couples who need ideas on how to find, save, and make money for their goals
  • Jumpstart Your Marriage & Your Money: Elle's book that lays out a four-week plan to help couples stop worrying about money and start building wealth together.
  • The Relationship School (Podcast)
  • "I Will Teach You to Be Rich" (Book by Ramit Sethi)
  • "Total Money Makeover" (Book by Dave Ramsey)
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