You’ve met some of your financial goals as a couple–go celebrate! One of the better financial tips for couples is to be proud of yourself and support each other through the budgeting process. Work together for a common goal and remind each other of what you are striving for. With the right budgeting strategy, you can afford that new car, pay for a trip or tackle your debt.

No matter where you are in the process of learning to budget, always remember to cheer for yourself and be patient with your partner. It is not uncommon for one partner to excel at budgeting and another to struggle. Take the little successes seriously and remember that you’re learning as you go.

As you outsmart your budget, you increase your economic smarts and preserve your relationship from money battles. Whenever you make positive strides in your budget, choose some way to reward yourselves. You deserve it.