November 4th, 2013
Let’s face it. There are more romantic conversations to have with your partner than one about finances. But the “money talk” is important to have, no matter what stage your relationship is in. Financial problems can cause tension between partners– surveys often find money is the number one reason couples argue. So how to do you know what money conversations you should be having with your partner? This really varies depending on how long you guys have been together. Here are some suggested conversations for different stages of your relationship:
When You’re Dating
In the beginning of your relationship when you are getting to know each other, focus conversations around financial habits. One conversation gaining popularity these days is the “what’s your credit score” talk. It might sound a little personal, but this question can lead to a larger conversation around money. A person’s three digit number can reveal a lot about their financial history. It can tell you if your partner is good about paying their bills on time or how much outstanding debt they may have. If you don’t know your credit score, use Credit Karma to get your credit score for free. Of course, you don’t need identical scores to be soul mates, but being open and honest about to your money habits will help when the relationship gets more serious.
December 14th, 2011
Adaptu, the money management and financial literacy site, just launched an iOS app to help you budget your finances and organize your wallet. The timing’s great, since it’s the spendiest time of the year, and Adaptu makes the bold claim that you’ll never go over budget again. The app is free and cleanly designed. If you’re already a member of the Adaptu community, downloading The Adaptu Wallet is a no brainer. If you’re not yet an Adaptu member, the app makes a compelling argument for joining.
October 21st, 2011
Have you talked to Siri yet? Beyond being your smartphone slave personal assistant, she could be the next generation’s personal finance planner in your pocket. Siri is the iPhone 4s Intelligent Assistant that stole the limelight at the iPhone 4s launch. When your hands are tied, or you’re just feeling lazy, this voice command tool can make a phone call, search the internet, and check the weather at the touch of a button.
October 20th, 2011
“How to be Rich: The Couple’s Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying About Money” is a fresh take on the average personal finance book that weaves a story with financial advice.
Instead of throwing as many money-saving tips as humanly possible at his readers, certified financial planner Chuck J. Rylant focuses on helping consumers understand the emotions tied to financial decision-making, while also providing the basics needed to make educated choices about your money.
October 15th, 2010
Everybody and their mom has an opinion on how you should handle your personal finances. My opinion, as a young and intelligent (read: geeky) girl, is to let intelligent software tools, like various web and mobile apps, help you best manage your money.
August 23rd, 2010
The internet is like a great big digital playground, where thousands of companies debut who they are, what they do, and why they’ll make consumers’ lives better.
Since there are as many start-ups this year as you have Facebook friends, we thought we’d have a little fun reviewing a handful of financial and tech companies Twitter-style.
August 20th, 2010
For those of you prone to overspending on your credit card, MasterCard's inControl program offers the first ever "chastity belt for finances" that alerts and cuts you off from going over your pre-set budget. Is this a cardholder's new shopping conscience?
March 24th, 2010
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