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Why is it so Hard to Split the Holiday To-Do List?

When I was faced with planning my son’s fifth birthday party a few months ago—in the middle of a work crisis—I finally asked my husband to take over. Then I closed my eyes and tried to smack down the voices telling me a) I was a Terrible Mother...

Gift-Giving When You're the Boss

‘Tis the season of giving, and if you’re the boss, that can be....awkward. Do you give employees gifts or follow the Ebenezer Scrooge School of Management? “A boss should make some sort of gesture to show appreciation,” says business-etiquette...

Retro Gifts Guys Will Love

He loves his rogue past. He won’t give up the motorcycle boots. His man cave is decked out with old arcade games. This year, bring him back to those simpler times—for under $50. A Classic. ($14.99, Retro Planet) “I’d like to buy the world a Coke…”...

Talking about Money with Your Friends

Would you tell a friend what you earn? How much debt you have? Despite how much you share with friends about the rest of your life, money remains a weirdly taboo topic. And that’s a shame, says financial therapist Amanda Clayman. Just as you turn...

My Fiance and I Crunch Our Numbers

Armed with detailed spreadsheets and statements—I recently had the “let’s combine our finances” talk with my new fiancé. Gulp. Despite past conversations about our income levels—I earn more—and some other issues, we’d never really bared our...

Michelle Singletary’s Advice to Kerry

When I first started working with Kerry as part of the DailyWorth Money Fix, Kerry’s marriage was ending, her husband was planning to move to Texas with their two daughters, ages 7 and 9—and Kerry intended to stay in Alaska, in part to finish her...

‘Spousonomics’ May Save Your Marriage

Can classic economic models forever quash senseless arguments, restore that first-time romance and rev up your sex life? Who knows! But economics sure can make your marriage a happier place, say the authors of “Spousonomics: Using Economics to...

"My Stay-at-Home Husband Isn't a Loser"

Despite the recession, my husband voluntarily gave up his job last August to be a full-time dad—and I am the “soul breadwinner”, making a living and helping Mike find his passion. It wasn’t easy at first. I felt the burden, both financially and...

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