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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...

Be Prepared for Life (and Death)

If you die, the people who are dependent on you suddenly will be suddenly bereft of you and your income.   So claim open enrollment season for yourself—whether you have job benefits or not—and invest in one of the cheapest ways to sleep better:...

Ground Rules for a Stealth Divorce

In my post last week about whether a Katie Holmes-style secret divorce is smart, I advised against it—unless you feel you’re up against a physical, emotional, or financial threat from your spouse. If that’s the case, and secrecy is best, here’s...

Should You Hide Divorce Plans from Your Spouse?

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? Usually not—but it depends. There are three main reasons to let your...

Alpha Moms Pretty Happy—What?

Confession: As a conflicted breadwinner mom, I was hoping—OK, assuming—that our recent survey of breadwinner women would back up my cranky view of modern marriage, where the wife drags home the bacon, while her beta husband wipes counters and...

For Richer or Poorer

No matter how much you beg, plead, or (admit it) scream, your mate just doesn’t seem to get it: without a financial plan—preferably your plan—you’re headed for a train wreck. Sound painfully familiar? That’s why we’re about to launch...   The...

Should He Be as Worried as I Am?

I worry about money. A lot. And even when I’m not worrying, I’m probably still thinking about it.  My boyfriend, on the other hand, does not worry nearly as much as I do. If I’m in a twist about finances, his typical response is, “Don’t worry,...

Why You Might Want a Prenup

Prenuptial agreements have a bad rap. Many couples consider them distasteful and unromantic at best—bad karma at worst. The truth is, a prenup is less like a roadmap for divorce, and more like insurance. A good prenup insures that if you did face...

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