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Financially Ever After: The Couples' Guide to Managing Money Paperback – March 31, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0061358180 ISBN-10: 0061358185 Edition: 1 Original

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 Original edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061358185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061358180
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Opdyke, Wall Street Journal columnist, offers a sensitive and sensible manual for peaceably handling marital finances. Many newlyweds have difficulty handling the transition from being an independent agent, who can overspend like mad or pinch every penny till it screams, to a partner working to manage joint finances—the communication issues that crop up are myriad. When inevitable issues of power, independence, self-esteem, security and control come into play, the resulting arguments or silent avoidance can lead to terrible financial mistakes. Opdyke gives clear advice on managing both the real dollars and the real emotions of personal finance that course through every relationship, including scripts for questions partners should ask about each other's financial history, and gives cogent, easy-to-follow plans for the division of financial duties, budgets, prenuptial agreements and home-buying, particularly in light of the credit crunch. With its compassionate and pragmatic tone, this book is invaluable for newlyweds with stars still in their eyes—and longtime couples struggling to balance the emotional with the financial and ensure a healthy, thriving life together. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Jeff D. Opdyke has written about personal finance, family finance, and the investment markets for Tgiehe Wall Street Journal since 1993. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife, Amy, and their two children.


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I am a big fan of Jeff D. Opdyke . . . he has written about
personal finance and the investment markets for THE WALL STREET
JOURNAL since 1993, and for six years he wrote that paper's
nationally syndicated "Love & Money" column.

So when I came across his latest book, FINANCIALLY EVER
AFTER (see also Section 2), I had to get hold of it in large part
because of its subtitle: THE COUPLES' GUIDE TO MANAGING
MONEY . . . my only regret is that I did not get this many years
ago when I was first married.

Back then, I alternated between the two options the author mentions:
I sometimes fought and made the situation worse; other times, I just
kept quiet and made the situation worse . . . what I did not know
was that there was and is a third option; i.e., family financial
fluency--the insight, knowledge and vocabulary every couple needs
to effectively communicate about money.

Opdyke covers just about all financial issues that two people in a
relationship will face, including budgeting, deciding whether to have
joint or individual accounts and confronting debt, as well as how best
to handle a mortgage, allowances (for adults and children) and even
engagement rings . . . he offers many real-life examples, several
of them based on his own personal life.

I particularly liked this heads-up he gave about entering into
any relationship:

* A bad sign to beware of is someone who complains regularly about the
bills that arrive, who receives numerous monthly statements from creditors
or who has to split a purchase across two or more credit cards because
the credit available on one card isn't enough.
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By Stephanie on May 29, 2014
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I recommend this book for a lot of single women who are in a serious relationship or considering moving in with their loved one.
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A wise read for anyone, single or married. Being financially educated is the best thing you can do and this book helps to explain it rationally and interestingly.
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The author doesn't tell you what to do, he gives you information on each way with the pros and cons. It was nice to have a better understanding of one of the most stressful points of a relationship (finances). Although I didn't get into it and read it from cover to cover, it was a good book to have and look at what I needed.
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