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In Praise of Outsourcing

My husband and I have been squabbling over outsourcing for years: laundry, housecleaning, lawn care. For him, it’s about money. For me, it’s about time.    The details change, but the logic is the same: He argues that the $120 per month we’d...

Try the Dual-Income System

Couples often ask me whether they should combine finances or not. My personal answer is yes…and no.In other words, what my husband and I have found (and what many studies show) is not just that money fights can wreck a marriage, but the underlying...

Open a Joint 'Romance' Account

Maybe thinking about a bank account doesn’t evoke the same kind of flutter you get when you look into the eyes of your darling. But here’s an idea that can rev up your chemistry and your bottom line as a couple:    Open a romance account—a...

Little Luxuries Lift You Up

Five years ago, the economy, my marriage—and my income—all collapsed at once. Then in my late 30s, with two small children, I could barely afford my mortgage, and I was actually ill from financial stress. My mother insisted: Get a treat now. I...

How Botox Made Me Happier

Around about 2010, I’d had it. The recession had gouged my husband’s income and mine—and we were flat-out broke. As a fretful, 40-something breadwinner for a family of five, I did what no one in my position should: I looked in the mirror. Worry...

Pros & Cons of a Stealth Divorce

You don’t have to be a TomKat fan to remember their famous split: Katie Holmes used a disposable cellphone to talk secretly to her lawyers, and filed for divorce in Manhattan while Tom Cruise was on location in Iceland. Is this the way to go? In...

Can You Afford a Divorce?

I am convinced that the second most common New Year’s resolution – after going to the gym – has got to be getting divorced. Starting January 2, the phones in our office were ringing off the hook, as they do every year. Does every call lead to a...

How Much is That ‘A’ Worth?

When I was in elementary school, I’d excitedly count down the days until I got my next report card, anxious to make sure I’d gotten an ‘A’ in each and every one. But not because I was one of those naturally straight-A kids: I got paid. Instead of...

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