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The Pros and Cons of Combining Finances as a Married Couple

BY Emily Omier

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Congratulations on your marriage! You’ll be combining your life with your spouse in many ways, but you should also think about how you’ll be combining …


When (and How) to Talk to a New Partner About Money

BY Emily Omier

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One of the golden rules of dating is to never bring up money on the first date—but finances are also the number one source of …


The Financial Checklist for the Recently Widowed

BY Emily Omier

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The immediate aftermath of a spouse’s death, regardless of whether or not you expected it, is a bewildering blur that many people actually can’t remember …


Financial Conversations You Should Have Before Getting Married

BY Chris Durheim

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My wife Jaime and I are celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary this month! It’s been an amazing journey but, like most marriages, we’ve had our …


Four Little-Known Medicaid Coverages for Disabled Children

BY Brynne Conroy

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When you have a special needs child, you’re more likely to work less hours and simultaneously spend more on family expenses. While raising a differently-abled …


How to Financially and Legally Prepare Your Family for Back-to-School Season

BY Chris Durheim

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As the school year kicks off, it’s a time of change for families across the country. New schedules, friends, teachers, and activities can create a …


Back-to-School Shopping Psychological Hacks for Your Kids

BY Brynne Conroy

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By this point, you probably know all the back-to-school savings hacks. Take inventory of what you already have. Check the circulars. Wait as long as …


The Guide to Money in a Second Marriage

BY Emily Omier

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It’s complicated enough to combine finances when you’re young, have few assets and no children—and you’re preparing to spend your entire adult life with a …