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

Lisen Stromberg

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 school tuition bills came due. And yes, we […]

♥ & $: Making Do With Enough, Or Not

Lisen Stromberg

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 squirreled themselves into corners to assess their bounty. Most are happy, content even, and […]

♥ & $: 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 Internet, and even called my friend to […]

♥ & $: Banning Black Friday and Other Lessons Learned Along the Way

Black Friday used to be a time to enjoy someone's company, dress up, and enjoy shopping. No more.

It was a tradition, something my mother and I did together on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We would spend the morning leisurely perusing the sales and then have lunch at I. Magnin’s, the august department store at the base of Union Square in San Francisco. My mother always insisted I put on my best Sunday […]

♥ & $: What Baggage do you Bring to Your Relationship with Money?

Whether you realize it or not, everyone brings financial baggage to a relationship. The better you are at talking about it, the happier your relationship will be.

Please join me in welcoming Lisen Stromberg to Money Under 30. Lisen is an accomplished journalist who will be writing a new biweekly series “♥ & $:” focusing on how young couples can better tackle financial issues together. Welcome, Lisen. -DW  My husband came home the other night and asked me if I’d heard it. […]