Financial Planning for Engaged and Newlywed Couples

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Welcome to Pacesetter Planning!

My name is Bill Nelson. I am a fee-only financial planner who specializes in working with engaged couples and newlyweds. Getting married is one of the most exciting times in your life, but there are a lot of financial stresses that come with it. I should know, I’m a newlywed myself!

I help couples all across the country learn how to effectively manage their finances as a team, integrate their financial accounts (if you want to, at least!), grow their combined income, evaluate and prioritize financial goals, and make investing decisions to help them enjoy life today while also planning for the future.

Why Work with Us?


I am legally obligated to act in your best interest (it’s a shocking concept, I know, but believe it or not, many investment firms aren’t held to this standard).  This is so important to me that I put it in writing - check it out!


I don't take any commissions or get paid by companies to sell products.  This means that I am always able to give you unbiased financial advice.  And unlike many fee-only firms, I don’t have account minimums!

 Comprehensive Planning

I don't just focus on long-term savings goals like retirement planning or saving for college.  At Pacesetter Planning, we focus on both the sprints and the marathons.  I help you seamlessly integrate your finances with your spouse and show you to use your money to enjoy life now - not just 40 years from now. 

 Partnership and Accountability

I work together with my clients to help determine what is most important to you, and then partner with you to help implement a plan to get you there.  And, Pacesetter Planning is a judgement free zone - I don't care if you've made some big money mistakes before, it's my job to work with you to fix them!  Think of me as your fiscal fitness trainer - a teammate whose job it is to make sure you show up, put in the work, and improve your results.


I work virtually with clients - you can meet with me from anywhere in the United States, from the comfort of your home!  I also hold meetings outside of normal work hours and on weekends, as needed. And of course, I'm always a phone call or email away!


I specialize in working with engaged or newly married people in their 20s and 30s, like me.  That means more focus on income growth, credit scores, and student loan analysis, and a lot less of what you think of when you picture a stereotypical financial planner!

Recent Posts

  • The Pacesetter Planning Personal Savings Program

    The Pacesetter Planning Personal Savings Program

    I’m excited to announce the launch of the Pacesetter Planning Personal Savings Program.  The objective of this program, beginning with a four month pilot group on January 1, 2019, is to help you double the amount you’re saving every month. If you’re interested in participating in the pilot program at a 70% discount, please take […]Read More »
  • The Best Strategies to Save for Retirement

    The Best Strategies to Save for Retirement

    What are the best strategies to use to save for retirement?  In this video and in the summary below, I respond to a few questions sent to me regarding the “right” ways to save for retirement.  Specifically, we discuss these three questions: Presuming that a 401(k) alone won’t be sufficient to fund your retirement, what […]Read More »
  • KEEP More of Your 2018 Money, plus What We’ve Got for You in 2019

    KEEP More of Your 2018 Money, plus What We’ve Got for You in 2019

    In this short video, I’ll tell you what we have in store for you to close 2018 (including how to KEEP more of your 2018 money) and I have a BIG announcement for you at the end of the video!  Watch the Video ⬇️  In the video above, I talk about three simple and practical ways […]Read More »
  • 2 Options to Keep Holiday Spending Inside Your Budget

    2 Options to Keep Holiday Spending Inside Your Budget

    With Halloween behind us, the holiday spending season is here. And with the holiday season comes travel plans, parties, family gatherings, and, of course, gifts. With all of that comes costs.  Significant ones.  A study from PwC estimated that millennials spent over $1,000 on holiday-related expenses in 2017, up 26% from 2016. I’m not writing this […]Read More »