Money management is one of the most challenging aspects of being married. Should you open a joint bank account? How do you save for retirement? While there isn't a definitive right or wrong answer to these questions, the fact that some married couples are happier with their finances than others begs the question of why. To understand how incomes affect marriages, Mint.com conducted a survey comparing how young professionals (under 30, college educated, household income of over $50k), affluents (household income of over $100k), and the general populace divide their money. There are a lot of numbers involved, so we've summarized the most interesting data for you:
Here are 10 of the best Beatles’ love, or having to do with love, songs that we can’t wait to download to our iPods.
Have you ever changed your appearance or wardrobe for a guy? It's not as uncommon as you might think.
They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but two French aristocrats-turned-designers have decided that you can judge a condom by its packaging. Last month, H.R.H. Prince Charles Emmanuel de Bourbon-Parme and Count Gil de Bizemontm founders of the Original Condom Company, announced a line of luxury condoms packaged in cases resembling high-end jewelry boxes.
If you want to change your name, that's great (plenty of women are happy taking their husbands' names and they shouldn't be knocked for it). But if you clearly don't want to, and if you start making huge sacrifices now just to appease your man, you'll be setting up expectations for your marriage you may live to regret.
While some may long for the simpler days of sock hops and soda shoppe romance—we at YourTango wonder what the old days would have been like with modern technology thrown in the mix. Remember "Facebook Manners And You"? The love story continues... on Facebook, naturally. Many of you met Alice and Timmy, the stars of "Facebook Manners and You," our Webby Award-nominated video about Facebook relationship dos and don'ts, in Spring 2009. Now those crazy kids are back! This time they're documenting their relationship for the world to see with their "Electronic Picture Diaries." Using their MyPhones and OurTube, Alice and Timmy try to manage their old-fashioned love with modern technology. "Facebook Manners and You" was a viral hit and Alice and Timmy's electronic picture diaries are posed to do the same. Each week, starting November 15, a new Alice and Timmy video will be released on YourTango's Facebook fan page. You can view the trailer below and watch the first episode by visiting this link: Facebook.com/yourtango
Women have long searched for a way to alleviate the symptoms of PMS—bloating, cramps and mood swings—just to name a few. Jonny Bowden, author of The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, has found the cure—a natural PMS cocktail. Learn more about the herbs and supplements that will bring you relief.
The Form 3 is Jimmyjane's newest vibrator in its Form line, which includes the award-winning Form 2 and the old-school Form 6. Before we go any further, full disclosure: I am engaged in a long-term affair with the Form 6. It's an incredible vibrator, and has endeared Jimmyjane to me forever. I had high hopes for the Form 3, and it didn't disappoint.
Commandments about not flirting with anyone else when you're in a relationship—especially a long relationship—are totally unrealistic. That's the kind of etiquette we all profess out loud, but isn't a truism in the messiness of real life.
If variety is the spice of life, then routine is the local anesthetic. At first, it dulls the pain of uncertainty. Then it dulls the pleasure of certainty. Routine begets boredom, and nothing—nothing—can kill a relationship in quite the way that boredom can.