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When the Men in Your Financial Life Just Aren’t Working Out

I’m the financial planner in my house. I handle my husband’s 401k, I have an excellent credit record, and I know where every dollar of my paycheck is headed at all times.  So how is it possible that I have no idea what’s in my own investment...

Dividing Property and Debts

This is part three of an ongoing series about being financially prepared for a divorce. Read part one here, and part two here. You’ve embarked on your divorce; now the next step is to figure out the settlement. Under the laws of your state, which...

How I Became the Love of My Life

I was living the dream: a six-figure income, beach vacations, and a growing savings account—all before I was 25. And then my husband and I split, and I woke to the realization that half of us had no career, no savings, and basically no idea. My...

Must-Have V-Day Gifts for Under $50

A dozen roses might mean romance, but the best gift is more time together—not necessarily more money, right? Here, a list of gifts under $50 that will help you have fun with your honey. Grow Your Own Marinara Kit ($29, Uncommon Goods) This nifty...

Find Your Joint Assets

This is part two of an ongoing series about being financially prepared for a divorce. Read part one here. Heather is a 42-year-old social worker with three kids, a house, a mortgage, and a small retirement account. She has consulted a lawyer and...

Is a Break Within Your Means?

This is part one of an ongoing series about being financially prepared for a divorce. Read part two and part three. I am convinced that the second most-common New Year’s resolution—after going to the gym—has got to be getting divorced. Starting...

Giving Means More than Money

If you’re thinking about giving now to a cause you care about, you’re not alone. The average person makes 24% of her annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, according to research from the Center on Philanthropy. But between regular...

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...

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