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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
"The first time I cheated on my wife we ended up without a kitchen. Hi, my name is Scott, and I have committed financial infidelity." That's the first line in this book, and I didn't put it down until I read the whole thing. The authors are the real deal.

This year you may not be able to increase your salary and benefits, but you can increase your financial acumen. In the long run, that may be one of the best benefits you'll ever receive.

Bethany and Scott Palmer, "The Money Couple," have written a practical and timely guide to help couples with financial communication. Their unique idea: the root cause of money troubles is not a lack of money or budget systems, it is financial infidelity.

You'll learn about the five money personalities: Saver, Spender, Risk Taker, Security Seeker, and Flyer (as in flying by the seat of your pants). What's your personality? How about your spouse? What happens when Spenders marry Savers? (They explain and give amazing counsel.)

Bethany and Scott list the "Eight Simple Rules for Fighting Fair," including Rule #7: Expect to Blow It. "We certainly don't expect you to fight fair every time you argue--we don't."

"Financial infidelity can consume your relationship like a wildfire taking hold in a field of dry grass," they write. "You end up spending what seems like every single moment talking about money, fighting about money, crying about money. Or you stop talking about money altogether because it's just too painful." Their solution? "Consider this book a bucket of water you can use to douse the flames."

The Palmers recommend simple tools for fixing financial headaches: the Money Dump and the Money Huddle (a monthly meeting). Their resource-rich website, TheMoneyCouple.com, includes the Financial Relationship Index (FRI Survey), the Money Personalities Quiz, their blog and much more. Financial infidelity is the number one cause of divorce. Preserve marriages: your own and others. Buy this book for yourself, your friends and your colleagues at work.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2010
My betrothed and I have differing views of money and it really worried me. This is a second marriage for me and a third marriage for him. When I found a recommendation for this book in a magazine article I immediately ordered it. Praise the Lord, my sweetheart and I both read the book and worked through the ending chapters. We will continue to use suggestions from this book. We may never see totally eye-to-eye on money issues, but we can talk about them and understand each other so much better. I am now totally comfortable with marrying this person. Thank you so much for such a helpful book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
After getting married, I was looking for a book about how to integrate my spending and saving habits with my husband's. This book is more for couples who already have financial problems, not for couples who are being preemptive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
This book really helped my husband and I to understand our money personalities and better understand each other. Now we are able to create a budget that is more realistic for us!
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on November 2, 2014
GREAT BOOK! I'm a counselor, and many marriage clients struggle with money matters. This book has a new perspective on the relationship we all have with money. Much of that relationship comes from our past experiences and how we responded (and continue) to respond those experiences. I bought 5 copies and gave them away to my clients.
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on August 17, 2013
Very informative in learning how to communicate money issues with your spouse! I highly recommend it to all couples! Excellent material!
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on April 14, 2015
Good book
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2010
This book hit the target on our financial struggle. We have only just started it but already it's helping us to understand each other and why we handle money differently which is the root of our fiancial communication struggle/fight! I believe as we work through it our marriage will improve. I won't loan MY book out (too many personal notes written in it already!)BUT I'd buy it for others!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2013
Very interesting. After 45 years of marriage I feel fortunate that my husband and I have a good relationship with money. I am thinking this would make a great gift for engaged couples or young singles.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2011
This is a fabulous book for anyone who is contemplating marriage or knows anyone who marries! If someone told me that, I'd roll my eyes. But, after reading this book, I will always believe that! Why?

The Palmers, accomplished financial advisors, combine principles of communication to solve money issues and perceptions that are stunting and killing marriages, even as I write. If fifty percent of marriages are failing, and money problems are largest reason to those said failures, then why don't most couples (assuming they want to be successful) get good financial advice as it relates to their financial personalities?

As I read the book, I saw issues that I myself, have experienced. This book not only nails the financial personalities, but takes one through how the various personalities relate. The book is not long and is replete with day to day issues and perspectives.

This book could serve as a wonderful gift for couples as they fall in love, as they are about to marry, or even to those who are long married, but have lost that original spark. It is very simply, a great read and could go a long way toward taking a chunk out of a horrid marriage failure rate in America.

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, thank you! God bless you!
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