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Category Archive for: ‘Relationships’


For Love or for Money: Should You Get a Prenup?

First comes love then comes … prenup? Yes, this is the reality for many couples facing the prospect of getting married and sharing assets. If there are concerns around the viability of the marriage the first question should be: Should I get married? That’s an obvious question many hesitate to answer. Mostly because we resist using logic concerning an emotional …

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In Defense Of Women Who Want To “Be Provided For”

“I mean, I don’t need him to be rich or anything, I just need for him to be making enough to provide for me some day, you know?” – seen at TeacherFinance.org If you’ve read some of the more contentious articles here, then you know there was a time when I drew a hard line when it came to women …

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He Used A Coupon On Our First Date! Does He Get A Second Chance?

“A woman who doesn’t like me using a coupon on the first date isn’t the woman for me” – Anonymous single male What are your thoughts on men who use coupons on first dates?  Are they cheap? Frugal?  Smart?  Would he get a second date?  Or would you write him off as a cheap @$$%$@! Chances are if you’re a …

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Living As A Couple? You May Be Better Off Than Singles

Managing money can be one of the biggest challenges that face couples living together. Therefore its little wonder that financial issues are often cited as the top reason for divorce and separation. So it may come as a surprise to find that cohabiting couples are, on average, over $1800 (or £1,200) better off each year than those living on their …

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Teaming Up on Your Finances: 7 Tips for Handling Money Together

There’s no doubt about it: combining finances can be one of the most difficult pieces of marriage. Just look at the statistics. Recent research shows that money-related fights are better at predicting divorce than disagreements about splitting chores, spending time together, sex, or even in-laws! In fact, couples who fight about finances once a week are 30% more likely than …

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Should You Take Money Advice from Your Spouse?

I have a personal philosophy: I try to only take advice from experts. Some subjects are definitely too nuanced for a hard line like this, but for most topics where there are experts, I do my best to seek them out when I need help. For example, I shy away from taking relationship advice from folks who aren’t in happy …

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Are You Playing The Wife Role For The Girlfriend’s Salary?

If this offends someone. Good.  That means you’re doing something wrong and should read the rest to make sure you’re not making dumb money moves that typically lead us to Judge Mathis’ or Judge Judy’s court room. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many women show up on a judge show begging to be compensated for something they should have …

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Are You Financially Compatible Or Headed For Disaster? 3 Ways To Find Out!

The feeling of meeting your perfect match and falling in love is a feeling like no other.  But what happens when differences in your financial approach puts a little strain on your everlasting love? Money management, budgeting and savings strategies are subjects that may not be a priority for couples when they start dating, but as you merge your lives …

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Should Women Stash “Mad Money”? My Thoughts

Our debate about women stashing “mad money” in the event of a relationship emergency continues.  Regardless of the motive, do you think women should stash “mad money”?  Some men find this unsettling while some women find a sense of comfort in being able to do so: VictoryByDesignwrote, in response to Ginger: Ginger, you are correct in that there are no …

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Evelyn Lozada: ‘Fix My Life’ – Compelling Financial Lessons and Insights

“You’re a non-muthaf*cking factor BITCH!” This is probably what Evelyn Lozada is most known for on Basketball Wives along with slapping a b*tch upside her head if she even looked at her the wrong way.  Yea, that’s her. Before her appearance on Iyanla Vanzant’s show, I did not like Evelyn’s personality.  Still, I loved her confidence, swag and all around …

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Women And Life Insurance: 4 Reasons Why We Need To Be Prepared For The Inevitable

The significant other of an acquaintance passed away and while I sent my condolences I couldn’t help but wonder how she would move through financially this year.  I kept thinking did he have life insurance?  Were they a two income household?  Did she depend on him to help her with paying the bills?  Of course these things run trough MY …

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3 Financial Lessons From Love And Hip Hop Atlanta

Before you read and comment, catch up on previous episodes here: Full Episode 1 Full Episode 2 Full Episode 3 I rarely discuss the drama that surrounds reality TV shows here but since the internet is a buzz with the latest Love and Hip Hop episodes, I can’t help but chime in with the obvious lessons in love and money …

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Newlywed Checking Accounts: Joint or Separate?

The honeymoon is over and you’re officially newlyweds!  Even if you lived together prior to getting married, there are still some things that change when you legally tie the knot.  You may have a new name and of course there’s your new in-law family.  On the business side, you’ll be doing taxes differently and soon you’ll need to think about …

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Smart Women Marry Rich: Big Blue Eyes Or Big Green Bankroll?

Yes, I know we’ve discussed this topic ad nauseum here and where the post first went live as a guest post at Consumerism Commentary. In my defense of bringing this up again, I was contacted by ABCNews to discuss my views on marriage and money as it relates to the book: Smart Girls Marry Money: How Women Have Been Duped …

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Stay at Home vs. Work Debate: Equity vs Choice – Revisited

(image: momlogic) Is there a perceived loss of equity and partnership because a stay at home wife/mom isn’t “pulling her financial weight”?  Given the feminist fight for equality, should women make the choice to stay at home?  Will our daughters revolt when all is said and done? Let’s rehash this debate shall we? Historically on this blog, and I’m sure …

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