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Marriage and money

Check your assumptions at the altar

By Byron Moore, posted July 24, 2017
Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
 

Marriage and money_credit card_sm.jpgQ: I am getting married soon. As part of our pre-marriage counseling, my fiancé and I prepared a budget, talked about debt and things like that. What else do we need to be thinking about when it comes to being financially prepared for marriage?

A: Assumptions and expectations.

Imagine a couple on their honeymoon and they go out to a nice dinner. At the end of dinner, the husband pulls out some cash to pay the bill.

Podcast - Marital Money Messes (3:46)

By Byron Moore, posted July 13, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

As someone experienced with marital conflict, I can testify that (a) it’s normal; and (b) it doesn’t have to end up badly. But there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to monetary marital messes. Click below to hear more...

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Podcast - Do you have an advisor or a salesman? (2:43)

By Byron Moore, posted January 19, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Our financial system allows for both brokers and advisors, probably because both have useful (if different) roles to play. Just make sure you know which one you’ve got and which one you need.

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Podcast - A plan with no implementation may be worse than no plan at all (2:51)

By Byron Moore, posted January 12, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

Most of us need a planner and a coach. Find someone who will not only give you a plan, but will coach you through the implantation process and keep you on target.

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Podcast - Is there air in your (financial) spare? (2:31)

By Byron Moore, posted January 5, 2017

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

You’ll never have quite the feeling of warmth wash over you as when you experience a financial flat tire, open the trunk and there it is...that gorgeous, beautiful, spare tire...full of air and ready to roll.

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Podcast - Employee benefits: what if your boss owned your house? (2:27)

By Byron Moore, posted December 29, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

What if your boss owned your house?

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Podcast - Happiness and Money–what’s the relationship? (2:50)

By Byron Moore, posted December 22, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

We all know money can’t buy happiness…but most of us would love to give it a shot! 

No, we all know money can’t buy happiness. But few of us really believe that poverty is exactly the road to bliss either. So I perked up recently when I ran across an interesting idea: a formula for being happy.

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Podcast - How to fight fair about family finances – Part 2 (2:59)

By Byron Moore, posted December 15, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

What is the path to win/win in marital conflicts over money? Listen on for a few steps to take...

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Podcast - How to fight fair about family finances – Part 1 (2:44)

By Byron Moore, posted December 8, 2016

The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3.

I’m no marriage counselor, but I’ve seen my fair share of family feuds over finances.

My friend Bob Livesay turned me on to this helpful explanation of the widely divergent ways we deal with conflict (about money or anything).

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Passive Procrastination Produces Profound Problems

By Byron Moore, posted June 13, 2016
Originally published in the News Star on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
 

couple arguing sm.jpgQuestion: My first marriage ended due to conflicts over money. It was so unpleasant that I find myself not even wanting to bring up the topic now (in my second marriage). But it just comes up naturally – I mean we just naturally have conflicts and money is a part of it. But It makes me sick at my stomach to think about having money conflicts ruin this marriage too. What can I do to avoid this?

Answer: You can stop avoiding it.

If you will step up and DO something hard now, you’ll reduce the odds that you will EXPERIENCE something much harder later.

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