My family has been in a somewhat odd place financially. Long story short: My wife and I will both be finishing school in December with less than $10,000 in student loans, and little to no money other than that. We've been living with much help from family during school, so I'm wanting to prepare ourselves for life on our own.
I've been browsing GRS and Getting Finances Done for a while, and I've got a few books on my list. But I'm searching for some initial advice is starting life. We want to live simply, and for a few years it will likely be just me working. The line of work I have chosen will likely pay the same as a teacher with similar education and experience. I've come across several spreadsheet budget planners that have helped me get an idea of areas to plan for. But, I'm somewhat uneducated with it comes to the best way to save and invest money. We won't have a lot of money to do this with, so figuring out our options seems like a good place to start.
We've considered seeing a financial planner to help us get accustomed to the financial nomenclature. It's somewhat hard to ask questions, since we are in fiscal infancy, so what advice would you give to someone in our shoes? Someone in a place where our dept is relatively small (for two people finishing college I think $10k is great!), and our doors are relatively open. A job with good benefits is on the top of our list of important things to-do since health insurance is so expensive. We are both in our early twenties with a charming 2 year old (names Titus!).
We appreciate any advice and recommended resources!