The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Couples and Money

Earn More, Argue Less, Achieve the Life You Want . . . Together

Publisher: Vintage Canada
This hip and accessible guide addresses all of the nagging money questions and thorny situations that come up when you're in a relationship, whether you're just starting to get serious or you're already married.

This book gives couples the perfect excuse to break the silence and start talking about… money! Staying on top of your finances when you're single can be tough enough - add another person to the mix and it can seem downright daunting. Even if you've got your own finances in order, there are inevitable money issues that come up when you're part of a couple, not just because one of you may be in better shape financially than the other, but because you may each have very different perspectives on money and how to manage it.

The principles the Cookies set out in their first book about the basics of life planning and investing can work for couples, too, and this guide offers simple techniques that will help readers with everything from dealing with "money baggage" to getting out of debt to planning for retirement. Again they draw practical advice and meaty anecdotes from their own financial escapades, as well as readers' queries and the personal experiences of five focus couples.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Chapter One
The Other “M” Word
Why Money Is So Hard to Talk About

 
Admit it. It’s been on your mind since you realized you might be falling in love, even if you wouldn’t dare say it out loud: Is he (or she) in good financial shape? Will we be able to build a future together...
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PRAISE FOR

"The book goes well beyond how to avoid bickering over bills and also includes tools, techniques and strategies — such as the Perfect Day exercise — that couples can use to realize their dreams, whether it's buying a home, starting a family or planning for retirement."
Winnipeg Free Press


From the Hardcover edition.