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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...

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...

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...

Separate Money = Sane Marriage

I’m told that sharing a checking account with one’s spouse is practical. I’ll never know—I can’t do it. All relationships have landmines; mine involve money. When I was 13, my father—whom I adored—had an affair with, and married, a woman with...

To My Husband: What I Really Want for Mom's Day

Save your money. Keep your perfume, tulips, the over-priced cards, and even the breakfast in bed. (Because guess who ends up changing the crumb-encrusted sheets?) What we moms really want for Mother’s Day is relief—for the super-hard,...

Yes, It's OK to Charge Your Kid Rent

So your kid is armed with a shiny new college degree. Next step: moving back home?   “Boomerang kids” are a growing (and not necessarily bad) trend. Returning home has lost its stigma in the recession: 78% of boomerang kids are happy with their...

On Not Springing for an Engagement Ring

There's nothing more romantic than getting engaged during the holidays, complete with a glistening diamond ring. But is that really where you want your soon-to-be married money to go? For millennia, couples exchanged property as part of their...

A Joint Holiday Solution

You and your mate own your share of financial friction, but you hate it when money tension messes with your holiday spirit. Solution? Join our Date Night Extravaganza! By pledging to set aside a little togetherness time in the coming weeks—just...

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