Managing money is hard. Sharing money in a marriage can be even harder. This week in our Money Matters series Enrico and Christina Chandler share the story of their journey towards taking control of their finances by blending their lives and money together.
Enrico and Christina first crossed paths as strangers in a class at the University of South Carolina. They noticed each other but nothing came of it – at least not immediately. As fate would have it they would cross paths again 5 years later and strike up a conversation. With a bit of help from a social media connection (Facebook to the rescue!), Enrico reached out to schedule a date….and the rest, as they say, is history. Now after being married for five years the Chandlers are juggling full time jobs and a growing family, but are still able to hone in on the things that draw them together. Enrico loves how Christina brings stability and logical thinking into their relationship, which helps him stay grounded. While Christina loves Enrico’s drive to constantly improve himself as he strives to be the best husband, father, and person that he can be.
With a love story like this – strangers who barely noticed each other in a class only to reconnect years later and form a lasting marital bond – one might expect their finances to magically fall into place also, right? But truly connecting their finances and aligning them to shared goals proved to be a little more challenging than that. Read on to see how Enrico and Christina faced some tough conversations and tough decisions, but ultimately persevered to make shared money work for them….