This week we’re sharing finance tips for married couples, what financial document you actually need to keep, and the best states to make a living in 2015. Here’s what you need to know:

  • All families (same-sex and otherwise) should take control of their financial planning. In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling, Forbes Contributor Matthew T. McClintock outlines the financial benefits same-sex married couples are now entitled to, including state tax benefits, estate tax exemption, access to Social Security spousal and survivor benefits, and more. McClintock suggests that married same-sex couples take control and proactively plan with experienced professionals who can help guide the family through the process.
  • As much as you may be itching to throw out that ever-growing pile of statements and other financial documents, don’t do anything until you’ve read this article from USA Today: What Financial Documents to Keep. Author Gary Brooks recommends holding on to birth or death certificates, adoption paperwork, education, military and marriage records. IRS documents should be kept for a minimum of three years, and you only need to hold on to bank statements, credit card receipts, and pay stubs for three to six months.
  • “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.” According to Business Insider Reporter Skye Gould, choosing a place to live where you can find a good job and decent salary that covers expenses can be quite the task. So if you’re thinking of moving soon, you should check out the 10 best states to make a living. The list, gathered by MoneyRates is based on five factors: average wages, state tax rates, cost of living, unemployment rates, and incidents of workplace injuries. States who made the cut include Ohio, Colorado and Washington. Hawaii, Oregon, California and Connecticut fell short because of high cost of living and state taxes.

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