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Married and Gay? How Post-DOMA Laws Will Impact Your Finances

When the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in June, it tipped the first in a long line of dominoes that will affect the finances of gay couples for many years to come. The trouble is, even the most savvy financial advisors don't … [Read more...]

How to Merge Bank Accounts After Marriage

A subject of perennial debate among our audience, I recommend couples merge bank accounts after marriage. If desired, you can then have separate accounts and/or credit cards that you use for small discretionary purchases or gifts for your … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Arguing Over Money with Your Significant Other

You try your best. You soak in knowledge from personal finance blogs with catchy names. You live and die by a budget. You max out your Roth IRA contributions. And none of it matters. Because no matter how good you happen to think you are with … [Read more...]

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...]

How to Date Online Inexpensively

If you’re single and seeking a relationship, chances are you’ve at least considered online dating. It became a hot topic among my friends last semester … two of them joined the free dating site OK Cupid, and we were all obsessed with hearing about … [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...]

♥ & $: 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...]

♥ & $: 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...]

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

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 F … [Read more...]