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Couples Economy

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Tough times in the economy can put a wrench on marriage, but imagine being a newlywed, adjusting to a new life and combining not only income but debt. The Lange couple is discovering that growing their lives together involves growing in many ways.

Kate and Tommy Lange have been married for a year and a half now. "One summer it just worked out that we started going out, started seeing each other and it grew into marriage," said Tommy.

And as their marriage grew and so did their debt. "It's a lot of debt to combine and it's tough sometimes to manage these debts that happened before were were married so it's a tough combining lives and finances," said Tommy.

Experts say that's one of the many adjustments for newlyweds; something that sometimes causes tension. But these two say it starts with accepting. "It's something that's a part of our lives," said Kate.

And continues with day-to-day communication. "Should I buy name brand cereal? Should I buy generic cereal," said Tommy.

And a clear budget, "this is how much we're gonna spend on necessities, bills, heat, water, electricity, things like that it's easier," said Tommy.

And in an already tough economy, the Langes are doing all they can. "It'll just be a growth process so as we have a family, we we grow from a couple into a family that things will kind of progress naturally and we'll adjust as we've adjusted to different scenarios that we've already experience in the last year and half," said Kate.

A year and a half, a small amount of time, but enough to grow, together. "Just getting used to each others personalities, and trying to figure out our finances together, but the keyword's together," said Kate. Tommy added, "It's like nothing we've ever done before. It's a new adventure, a new horizon; building a life together."

Something else that helps the Langes is Tommy's degree in finance. And he says they are planning to buy a house within a year.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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