Marriage and Money

The following post is from Melissa Batai Many years ago, my husband and I decided to go out to eat on Valentine’s Day.  We arrived at the restaurant at 6 p.m. and were told that there was at least an hour wait.  Yet, hour after hour slogged on, and after three hours of waiting, we […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai Keri and Jon were married nearly 20 years before their marriage ended in divorce.  However, almost from the time they were married, they constantly fought about money.  Within a few years of marriage, they ended up in a vicious cycle that would play a large role in the […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai This fall, my cousin, who is 28, married her high school sweetheart.  They’ve been together for 12 years and lived together for nine years.  Suffice it to say, their home is already well established, so they didn’t need the traditional linens and plates that many couples ask for […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai What you see in your parents’ marriage, and in your family, deeply affects your own thoughts and actions.  You may not realize this when you’re single because those thoughts and actions are normal for you.  However, when you get married, you’ll inevitably find yourself disagreeing with your spouse […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai Father’s Day.  A time to show dad how much you appreciate him and all he does for the kids and your family.  Unfortunately, most people shower dads with cheesy gifts that they really don’t want.  (Just being honest here!)  You know the gifts—ties, mugs that the kids have […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai One year early in our marriage, my husband and I made the mistake of going to Red Lobster to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We waited three hours for our table. By the time we were finally seated, we were so hungry and grumpy, well, let’s just say […]

Can You Recover from Financial Infidelity?

by TTMK on January 25, 2016 · 1 comment

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai My cousin, Jon, worked hard when he was in his twenties. He worked overtime whenever he could, and he carefully accumulated his money so that he had a decent-sized savings account with over six months of emergency money, and he also funded his retirement to the […]

The following post is by staff writer Melissa Batai My cousin Scott has been married for a little over a year now. He and his wife both work full-time. They would like to have children, but they first want to buy a house and pay off his student loans. Recently he shared that they are […]

The following post is by staff writer Melissa Batai For generations, men were the primary breadwinners and women stayed home to care for the house and the children. Within the last 50 years, this societal norm has undergone a dramatic shift. Now, not only are women in the workforce, but 60 percent of two-parent households with […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai Thanks in part to the high cost of student loans and our culture’s buy-it-now attitude, today’s couples are much more likely than previous generations to enter marriage with debt. A study from North Carolina State University found “67 percent of women and 74 percent of men […]