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The Credit Downgrade: Fewer Splurges, More Stress For Couples

Unfortunately, when Congress was at a standstill about raising the debt ceiling, Standard & Poor was unimpressed with how the United States was handling its fund. As a result, just this past weekend the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating from an elite AAA to a lesser AA+. Now, we're looking at wild swings in the DOW on Wall Street, financial analysts uttering the word "recession" again, and potentially higher interest rates as a result of the downgrade. Since finances are consistently a huge form of tension among couples, we were obviously concerned at this news. So to put things in perspective, we asked experts what the credit downgrade might mean for our love lives as we move through the rest of the year, and even farther into the future.

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How To Buy A House With A Family In Mind

For four years, our one-bedroom condo felt tight. Now, with plans to start a family, we're finally planning that long-awaited upgrade. We've been dreaming about the perfect home for years but, with plans to procreate, it's not just about us anymore.

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How To Give A Gift That Shows Your Love

Gift giving: one of the most difficult parts of a relationship. How do you know what your sweetie will like? And even if you're pretty sure they'll like it, will the gift show your love, or just your ability to swipe a credit card? We asked our ProConnect experts how to give a gift that really shows your love.

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16 Valentine's Day Gifts For Guys

Valentine's Day always sticks us somewhere in gift-giving limbo: how can we celebrate the guys we love without getting too sappy about it? Well, for starters, try some of these gifts on for size (no matter the size of your budget). Whether he's an outdoorsman or a music, meat or travel lover, we have something for every type of guy.

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17 Holiday Gifts Women Really Want

We asked women from some of the web's top sites to share their holiday wish lists with us, in hopes of every lady getting a great gift this year. Who better to ask than women whose job it is to worm deep into the crannies of the female mind?

What Guys Think: Gifts
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What Guys Think: Gifts

How many times have you heard the word "holiday" in the past week? Well, the season's here and both sexes are scrambling to find that perfect item that expresses love without words. Or actions. Ok, they are just gifts, but they sure are sparkly and fun. Here's what our male media friends are wishing for and thinking of buying us this year.

Recession Hits Buy-A-Bride Agencies
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Recession Hits Buy-A-Bride Agencies

First prostitution, and now services that match men with young brides are taking a hit due to the ebbing economy. In Singapore, shaky markets and diminished bank accounts have single men looking to save their cash rather than dole out for a bride. Matchmaking services, like these two featured in a Reuters article, can cost thousands of dollars, not including the wedding itself.

Renter's Remorse, Buyer's Hesitation

Renter's Remorse, Buyer's Hesitation

So, the prophecy has come to pass. Frank now hates our new apartment. If you’ll recall, we were unceremoniously booted from our last place a few months ago and lucked into a great new apartment. An apartment that, at the time, Frank agreed was in many ways superior to the place we were leaving. It’s bigger, it’s a better neighborhood for us, it’s not on the ground floor, etc. But I knew—I just knew—that after he got settled in, he’d find a way to hate this place, because that is what he always does. Okay, to be fair, we’ve only lived in this place and the old place, but still. What always happens is that he gets all excited about an apartment, then as he lives there, he starts to see little flaws. Of course this apartment has flaws. Every apartment has flaws.