[Note: The following text was taken verbatim from the M Men-Gleaner Manual, “Love, Marriage, and You” used in 1956-1957. Previous entries in this series can be found here.]
Enough Money for Marriage
A FEW years ago a young man-we shall call him Dick-and an attractive girl-we shall call her Sally-ages twenty-three and twenty respectively, decided to marry. They had gone together off and on for about three years. They had gone “steady” for about a year and she had received a beautiful diamond ring announcing to the world their sincere love for each other. Dick had graduated from school with an excellent record and had definite plans’ for graduate schooling. Sally was trained as a stenographer and had also been graduated from college. Money and economic planning for the future were their major problems. Their assets totaled about $600. Many of their friends strongly advised them to wait until Dick had finished school before getting married; others encouraged them to go ahead and get married, “the sooner the better.” They talked a lot about their economic problems and after considerable deliberation planned their wedding. They were married in June and went back East to school.
1. Did this couple have enough money for marriage?
2. How much money should a couple have before getting married?