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Couples and Money Advice From Around the Web

A weekly look at personal finance tips and insights others are offering.

Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away, so it's time to start thinking about how you'll celebrate it with your special someone. How about a money date? What, that doesn't sound romantic? Okay, so maybe you don't want to schedule a money date on Valentine's Day. But it is something you should consider doing if you are married or in a serious relationship and often quibble about money matters. A money date will give you an opportunity to discuss big-picture financial matters in a relaxed environment rather than at the kitchen table hovered over the checkbook or a budget spreadsheet. Kiplinger.com columnist Kim Lankford offers advice on how to have a successful money date. And for more great advice on couples and money, here are tips from personal finance bloggers:

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5 Ways to Manage Marriage and Money [Steadfast Finances] "It is important that you talk about financial matters with your spouse and that you make decisions jointly."

8 Money Lies That Damage Your Finances & Hurt Your Marriage [Money Crashers] "As a married team, it’s up to both of you to come clean about your spending habits so you can iron out wrinkles that could disrupt your budget -- and your marital bliss."

Can Your Ex Spy on Your Credit? [Credit.com] "It may not be difficult; after all, they probably know your Social Security number, as well as lots of personal details that would make it easy for them to pretend to be you, or to make it look like they have your permission. But is it legal?"

True Story: How to Cope When Your Spouse Skips Out with All the Cash [Len Penzo dot Com] "There are several things you can do to protect yourself before, during and after such a crisis."

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