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Healthy Money Relationships

Yes, It’s Okay To Take the Senior Discount

In my forties I delighted in buying AARP memberships as 50th birthday gifts for my friends to remind them they were now officially “over the hill.” You can imagine their delight in doing the same for me when I turned 50. I remember the disbelief in realizing that I...

Why Prenuptial Agreements Can Be Valuable for Many Couples

Last week’s column discussed the importance for engaged couples of having open conversations about money before the wedding. This week we’ll look at some reasons a couple might want to consider signing a formal prenuptial agreement. Prenups, which establish how...

Build Emotional and Financial Intimacy With Prenup Money Conversations

Imagine for a moment that you and the love of your life are young, starry-eyed, and newly engaged. Someone asks, “Do you plan to get a prenup?” You would likely stare at them in stunned disbelief and say something like, “Are you kidding? Of course not! We don’t have...

The Financial and Emotional Power of Being Wrong

One of financial philosopher Dick Wagner’s Money Truisms was “Everybody’s weird about money.” We humans, with our extreme frugality, excessive spending, unwillingness to talk about our money, late-night anxieties, compulsive money rituals, and...

Why Would You Pick Up A Penny?

Recently I spotted a penny on the ground. In a nanosecond, the following discussion played out in my mind: “Pick it up, it’s free money!” “It’s only a penny, it’s not worth the effort.” “But it’s still a penny, to walk on by would be wasteful!” “Spending time...

Rate Your Financial Wellbeing: Part Two

Continuing last week’s exploration of characteristics that define financial wellbeing, this week we’ll look at eight positive C’s and their negative counterparts. Again, I suggest considering where you see yourself along the spectrum between each pair. 1....