Getting married is a big leap. And you may be in the midst of a whole lot of planning—from when and where to have the wedding to whom to invite. But planning the wedding and honeymoon is just the start of your life together. As you start planning your future, don’t forget to put a solid financial base in place. While you may have already talked about joint or separate bank accounts and what gets paid by whom and when, there is probably a piece you haven’t talked about yet.
I think it’s only natural that when people are dating, all the factors that we explored in the survey come into play—from what your partner looks like, to if they make you laugh, to what they do for a living. It’s when things become serious and you’re looking to settle down that you have to start asking some of the tougher questions, questions that may make you feel uncomfortable. For example, does the other person have a lot of debt or other financial obligations?
This statistic is startling: 7 in 10 employed Americans would feel the financial pinch in a month or less without their paycheck. And when you dig a bit deeper, you find that 1 in 4 working Americans would feel the pinch immediately. These are just some of the findings from the new survey from Life Happens “What Do You Know About Disability Insurance?”
Many of us in our 20s are filled with hope and optimism about the new jobs we have—or will work into, perhaps finding a partner and starting a family, maybe even buying a home. In short, designing a life “we” want to live, not one that’s been dictated to us. So, it’s not often we contemplate how those dreams could be derailed by an accident or illness that takes away our ability to earn a living and fund our dreams.
Join Life Happens on May 1 at 1E as we moderate a Twitter Chat focused on how important disability insurance is and why this is so critical for anyone who works and relies on their paycheck (and who of us doesn’t). Despite this fact, only 20% of employed Americans say they have disability insurance.