Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich [NOOK Book]

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“Money may not be able to buy you love, but conflicts about it can certainly bankrupt your relationship.”
–Michelle Singletary

Here at last is the lowdown on how to manage your finances with the man in your life. Money is the #1 problem couples fight about, says beloved Washington Post financial columnist Michelle Singletary. Acknowledging that most fights about money are usually about something else–like feelings of fear or resentment–Singletary stresses the value of open dialogue. In her trademark ...
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Overview

“Money may not be able to buy you love, but conflicts about it can certainly bankrupt your relationship.”
–Michelle Singletary

Here at last is the lowdown on how to manage your finances with the man in your life. Money is the #1 problem couples fight about, says beloved Washington Post financial columnist Michelle Singletary. Acknowledging that most fights about money are usually about something else–like feelings of fear or resentment–Singletary stresses the value of open dialogue. In her trademark no-holds-barred style, she shows us how to handle the entire range of financial issues couples face–from splitting the dinner bill when dating to planning for retirement together after years of marriage.
Singletary speaks to the hearts of women as they try to successfully merge their money and future security with those of their man. Acknowledging the emotional weight of shared investments, she brings her own experience as a wife and mother to the table and doles out advice in a voice that, while encouraging and rational, is never less than frank on tough topics.
From sizing up a potential mate’s financial responsibility (or lack thereof) to figuring out how best to share bank accounts and expenses once you’ve made the leap, to determining how to teach your children about money, Your Money and Your Man focuses on the undeniable role that finance plays in every stage of a long-term relationship.
Including typical questions from readers of her syndicated column and advice from one of the savviest financial experts she has ever known–her grandmother–Singletary shows women that they can live happily ever after with Prince Charming, even if he doesn’t have a royal bank account!


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Editorial Reviews

Anya Kamenetz
Singletary is a …a font of no-nonsense financial wisdom, much of it dispensed in the name of Big Mama, the grandmother who raised her. The book is bursting with excellent and clear instructions for women both single and coupled on everything from budgeting to investing to handling taxes…Taking Singletary's advice does require a grain of salt. Some readers may be turned off by her frankly Christian outlook, with scriptural quotes throughout. And some of her rules, summed up at the end of each section, seem more like moral judgments.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
One test of a really useful personal finance book is how far you get through it before you have the impulse to put the book down to start acting on its advice. In the case of this volume by Washington Post financial columnist Singletary, it's all you can do to keep reading as she presents tip after tip. Divided into sections that deal with particular life events (dating, marriage, children, divorce, etc.), the book presents advice on everything from when to share financial details with a potential mate to how to fix your credit rating. It also provides lots of useful information for beginners, explaining, for example, the difference between an index fund and a managed fund. Singletary's tone is refreshingly straightforward; though she's lively and opinionated (she's against pre-nup agreements, for example), she resists preachiness and concentrates on providing detailed counsel on how to develop good financial habits. But the book's main attractions are Singletary's excellent advice on how to find financial compatibility with husbands and boyfriends and her suggestions for maintaining effective communication about finance throughout a relationship. (Feb. 7) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588365248
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 404,561
  • File size: 549 KB

Meet the Author

Michelle Singletary’s Washington Post column, “The Color of Money,” is now syndicated in more that 130 newspapers across the country. She is the host of Singletary Says on the cable network TV One, as well as a regular contributor to NPR’s Day to Day and has appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, Nightline, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and The Diane Rehm Show. Singletary is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has a master’s degree in business from Johns Hopkins. For more than fifteen years, she has covered business and personal finance, first for the Baltimore Evening Sun and then for The Washington Post. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. Visit her website at www.michellesingletary.com.


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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part 1 First Comes Love 1
Chapter 1 A Man is Not A Plan 3
Chapter 2 A Home is Where Your Wealth Is 10
Chapter 3 Major Money Milestones 17
Chapter 4 Dating With Dollar Sense 23
Chapter 5 Why Do Fools Fall in Love? 27
Chapter 6 It's How He Handles His Money, Not How Much He Makes 31
Chapter 7 Dating and Debt Sense 36
Chapter 8 First Comes Love, Then Cohabitation 50
Chapter 9 The Financial Rules of Engagement 65
Chapter 10 The Most Important Premarital Documents 72
Part 2 Then Comes Marriage 85
Chapter 11 Coing to the Chapel? Don't Come Out Broke 87
Chapter 12 Greedily Ever After 94
Chapter 13 To Merge or Not to Merge 98
Chapter 14 House Rules 110
Chapter 15 What We Have Here is a Failure to Compromise 114
Chapter 16 What We Have Here is a Failure to Set Common Goals 116
Chapter 17 What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate 133
Chapter 18 Play Defense in the Credit Game 139
Chapter 19 A Taxing Time 160
Chapter 20 Survival Skills On One Salary 165
Part 3 Then Comes Baby in the Baby Carriage 175
Chapter 21 Create a Financial Foundation for Baby 177
Chapter 22 Have Two Wills So There's a Way 182
Chapter 23 Making Kids Money-Wise 185
Chapter 24 Save For College to Avoid Saddling Children With Debt 192
Part 4 How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich 199
Chapter 25 When You Don't Live Happily Ever After 201
Chapter 26 Getting Down to the Basics 207
Chapter 27 How Much is Enough? 241
Chapter 28 It's Not About You 245
Acknowledgments 251
Appendix Resources and Helpful Links 255
Index 267
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