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About Lisen Stromberg

Lisen wishes she had money under 30, but she didn't. She had credit card debt, a husband with nearly $200k in school loans, and a job that barely covered the rent. Today at 50, she's made some, lost some, and learned a lot along the way. She had a successful business career, started and ran a non-profit, opted out and then opted back in. Now, she's an award-winning writer who focuses on issues important to women, men, and families. Read her personal blog, follow her @LisenStromberg or become her friend. Email her at lisen (at) prismwork. com with your ♥ & $ questions and concerns.

Death and Taxes…and Divorce? Don’t Let Tax Time Bring Your Marriage Down

April 15 has come and gone and besides your finances, what else has been compromised? For many of us, it's our relationships. We've all heard Ben Franklin's  famous quote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Whil … [Read more...]

What’s Love Got To Do With It? The Financial Benefits of Marriage

Marriage is in the news again. With the Supreme Court deciding who is worthy of being married,  it seems worth taking a moment to think about why even get married in the first place. Sure we can talk about the benefits of togetherness and the … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Sometimes It’s About More Than Money — My Take On the Sheryl Sandberg Debate

In 1996, I was invited to speak to an MBA class at my alma mater, UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. They wanted to hear about my career as a marketing executive. I wanted to tell them about how hard it was to juggle two children and that … [Read more...]

♥ & $: When It Comes To Credit Card Debt, Millennials Have It Figured Out

$13,740. That’s a lot of money. A fiscally smart person could use it buy a car, pay rent for a year, or feed a family of four for even longer. But when I was in my twenties, I wasn’t fiscally smart. My husband was in graduate school, and I was sup … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Thinking of Buying Life Insurance? Don’t Make the Same Mistake I Did

I can even remember where we were sitting. It was a sports bar down in Soho not far from the office of the non-profit where I worked. I was just a year out of college and eager to grow up, so when I met an insurance saleswoman who assured me the … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Planning Your Dream Wedding? Might Want to Rethink That One

I went to get my hair cut the other day and my stylist, Sergio, told me he and his fiancé have finally set the date for their wedding: September, 2013; only four years after the birth of their son. As Sergio said, “Better late than never.” Much con … [Read more...]

♥ & $: The Spending Diet: My Month of More Mindful Spending

December’s credit card bill came in the other day and it was all I could do not to gag. How did all my good intentions and careful planning go so horribly wrong? Yes, we had many unexpected medical expenses (don’t worry, everyone is ok). And yes, two … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Making Do With Enough, Or Not

Wrapping paper litters the carpet, little explosions of color and desire. The fire once raging has now mellowed sending the occasional spark past the screen onto the hardwood floor, a threat so minor we pay it little mind. The children have … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Compulsive Shopping or Retail Therapy? When Enough is Enough

Five of us stood grumbling in a check out line the other day. Our arms were filled with clothing and books and knick knacks soon to be wrapped up and hidden under the Christmas tree. The woman in front of me complained about Christmas shopping. Or … [Read more...]

♥ & $: Get Gift Giving Right

The last time my husband surprised me with a gift was Christmas 2008. I had mentioned how much I loved the leather jacket a girlfriend was wearing and he got it in his head to buy me one just like it. He spent days searching stores, combed the … [Read more...]