Archive | Money & Marriage

Is Frugal the New Cool?

In today’s budget-conscious era, frugality is in.  But for singles, how does penny-pitching play on the dating scene? As reported in The New York Times, ING Direct recently asked 1,000 people (presumably single people) what words would come to mind if they were fixed up for a date with someone described as frugal?  The most […]

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Spice Up Your Marriage With a… Budget!

Okay, a budget may not exactly add romance to your marriage, but it may help reduce marital money fights.  A new national survey I commissioned from the market research firm Synovate found that married people who use a budget experience fewer financial disagreements with their spouse than those who don’t use a budget (see the […]

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Do You Work Too Much?

Marriages involving a workaholic are twice as likely to end in divorce, according to a study done by Bryan Robinson, a University of North Carolina researcher and author of Chained to the Desk.  In an ABCNews.com story, Robinson makes a distinction between workaholics and hard workers.  While workaholics, of course, work more hours than others, […]

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Experiences Trump Possessions

What makes you happier–new stuff or enjoyable experiences?  CNN reported on new research showing that for most people enjoyable experiences generate more lasting happiness than new stuff. Two key reasons are that experiences tend to involve other people and they’re better than material objects at generating feelings of vitality or “being alive.” I couldn’t agree […]

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Story Follow-Ups

In a recent post I summarized an article about appealing your property assessments. One reader wondered what implications a successful appeal might have on his homeowner’s insurance coverage. In another article I had commented on the importance of married couples using joint financial accounts wherever possible. A reader wrote to say that even though many […]

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