I’m working on a post about smart money moves couples can make before deciding to start a family. What are some go-to items to tick off the list? These might include starting an emergency fund, mapping out a budget and prioritizing retirement. I’d love some insight from a financial planner or adviser who has worked with couples in this situation. Requirements: Heads up: This is a branded content piece, meaning it’ll include a few of our advertisers and that we could get paid for some of the referrals to these services. Because of that, we’ll have to have you sign a media release — which can be done all online via email.