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Conscious Spending for Couples: Seven Skills for Financial Harmony Paperback – October 8, 2002

ISBN-13: 072-3812221400 ISBN-10: 0471221406 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471221406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471221401
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,425,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a perfect book for newlyweds or any couple mired in debate over whether to spend or save." (Bookpage, January 2003)

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"Love and money. Romance and the ultimate romance killer. Somewhere between the first date and the first shared utility bill, money nudges into a relationship, creating a threesome that is sometimes harmonious, sometimes hard to deal with."
–Deborah Knuckey, from Conscious Spending for Couples

Money may not be the root of all evil, but conflicts over money can be the greatest source of trouble in a relationship. Arguing over money aggravates the frustrations, fears, and control issues in any relationship, and those hot-button issues can, in turn, make it more difficult to manage money sensibly. If this syndrome sounds familiar, Conscious Spending for Couples is here to help.

In this commonsense guide, money coach Deborah Knuckey applies her "Conscious Spending" approach to help couples strengthen their financial relationships. Conscious Spending is the art of aligning how you use your money with what you truly value–minimizing the money spent on things you enjoy less to free up money for what you enjoy more. Knuckey examines how men and women differ in the way they handle money and how these differences can prevent a couple from moving toward financial bliss. She then introduces practical tools for effective money management–based on interviews with couples from a wide variety of backgrounds–exploring real financial interactions and getting down to the root of what works and what doesn’t in a diverse group of financial situations involving couples.

To help navigate the complicated relationship between a couple’s financial and emotional lives, Knuckey introduces the "Three Rules for Financial Bliss" that focus on how you and your partner can establish a fair and strong financial foundation. Next, she outlines the "Seven Skills for Financial Harmony"–skills that will help couples become conscious of their money and create an abundant future. Working together, you and your partner will learn how to:

  • Plan together
  • Create a simple structure
  • Establish good financial habits
  • Communicate through conflict
  • Invest for strong returns
  • Create a safety net for two
  • Get help when you need it

Knuckey will also guide you and your mate as you take a detailed look at the four biggest decisions you will make in your financial lives–such as buying a house and retiring–and find ways of approaching these decisions that will work for both of you.

Simple quizzes and checklists help you determine what needs changing in your financial relationship and how to make those changes as painless as possible. Conscious Spending for Couples gives you the skills and confidence to use money to create joy and harmony in both of your lives.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Clifford S. Barney on November 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
One of the most meaningful books on finance I've ever read. Deborah Knuckey puts complex financial concepts within easy reach of readers of all backgrounds, while keeping the subject matter lively with real-world examples, humorous asides and just plain good advice. I wish I had read this book ten years ago!
Like many people, I have found that while my personal finance was in check, I have had trouble "sharing" money in a relationship. Agreeing how money is to be spent and how it should be handled is one of the most common sources of friction between couples. This book addresses the very real challenge facing people when deciding to share not only their lives, but their money.
Ms. Knuckey clearly explains how people's view on money differs according to their background, education and personalities. Without preaching specific financial advice, her book outlines the most common problems that couples face when handling money together, and some suggested ways in which to mediate, compromise and agree upon mutually beneficial financial strategies.
Buy this book for the new couple in your life. They'll thank you for it later!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book could have saved my first marriage. This time around, my new husband and I are determined to get it right, and we both started reading this last week and doing the exercises - great stuff!
Who would have thought that talking about money can make us closer? This book shows that money doesn't have to be a source of conflict, and we are now developing a financial plan based on our life goals - to grow old together in comfort. The author also offers some great ideas about how to manage the biggest costs in our lives: our house and our cars. A MUST READ!
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leah Mack on November 11, 2002
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This is an excellent book full of sensible and relevent advice. It is easy to read and well-written. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2002
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Everyone knows that couples fight about money but it's still hard to stop. Ms. Knuckey offers strategies to manage the "family" finances without coming to blows. Her advice is sound and understandable. I recommend this book to new couples and those who have been together for a while.
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