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money matters

What Kind of Financial Guru Do You and Your S.O. Need?

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In the financial dating game, it's essential to pinpoint what type of expert you need to manage your finances. So, if you're ready to dump your DIY attitude to finance and try a little outsourcing, here's the lowdown on three specialists that couples should consider adding to their financial roster.

1. CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT (CPA)...

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Credit Card Rehab: 7 Easy Tips to Getting Out of Debt

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If you're struggling with debt, clearly you're not alone. Being debt-free takes resolve and a little know-how--follow these seven steps to getting on the right track (Read: stopping your plastic debt from running your life!).

Step 1: Separate "Bad Debt" and "Okay Debt" How can you tell the difference? "Okay debt" has an interest rate under...

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Should You Share Exactly What You Spend with Your S.O.?

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If only we could charge what we want without concern. If only ... and because money issues can wedge their way between couples whether they're married or living together, a plan can keep you connected. Here's what you should consider. Q: Should we be sharing exactly what we spend with each other and... read more

Just Married? The Clock is Ticking to Sign Up for Health Insurance

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Once you say "I do" (yay!), then there are the post-wedding to-dos (womp, womp). Sure you need to send out those thank-you cards, but before you start obsessing over what wedding picture you're going to put in them (gotta break it to you -- no one's going to care about it as much as you,... read more

How Much Do You Spend During the Holidays?

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Everyone calls it the most wonderful time of the year, which could possibly be why so many of us go a little bit overboard with all of our shopping and decorating. Nesties revealed how much they budget for the holidays and how much they ultimately end up spending: “I average around $300-400. I build up... read more

Buzz From The Boards: Who Pays The Bills?

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The talk of money seems to be a very private subject for most couples. But we got the scoop from these Nesties on joint bank accounts and who pays the bills. Everyone has a different system that works for them: “Although we are trying to take a ‘team’ approach to our finances, we have separate... read more

The Dos and Don’ts of Combining Your Finances

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There are few things I hate more than talking about money with my fiance; the topic just brings up so many feelings for both of us. But now that Eric and I are living together and planning a life (and wedding!) together, we've gotten a lot more comfortable with these conversations. Still, there are a... read more

Making Less Than the Guys at Work? Learn How to Get Your Fair Share!

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Think the days of women making less money than men are over? Think again. In cities across the U.S. women are making up to $20,000 less than men working the same number of hours, according to a new report by 24/7Wallstreet.com. (The worst-paying city for women? Provo-Orem, Utah!) What to do if you suspect... read more

Weekly Money Saver: Avoid Impulse Buys at the Grocery Store

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We've all been there, you go into the grocery store for milk, eggs and $10 and walk out with$50 added to your credit card. Next time, plan your meals for the week before you shop and make a list of ingredients you need. Make sure that the meals have overlapping perishable ingredients so you... read more

Newlywed Tax Hike: Will You Have to Pay More?

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Less than two months from the tax-filing deadline of April 15, the Tax Policy Center has announced changes in tax code that mean you and your spouse could pay more if you earn similar incomes. Spouses who earn vastly different incomes, however, could pay less. Fair? We don't think so. Thanks to January’s... read more
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