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  • Avoid these new relationship money mistakes
    Submitted by: Jesse Campbell on February 13, 2017

    Two finger people hugging with a paper heart 

    New love is a wonderful, exciting thing, and you may be tempted to leave the decidedly unromantic notion of smart money management out of the equation. But if a relationship is going to last, you can’t run away from money forever.

  • Seven free ways to say "I love you" this Valentine's Day
    Submitted by: Jesse Campbell on February 08, 2016

    Seven free ways to say I love you this Valentine’s Day

    Buying something for a loved one is fine, but love doesn’t require a massive display of your awesome purchasing power. You can very easily show how much you care without ever opening your wallet.

  • The price of a great Valentine's Day
    Submitted by: Jesse Campbell on February 11, 2015

    The price of a great Valentine's Day

    Valentine's Day is the second most expensive holiday of the year. Why does it cost so much to say "I love you?"

  • The rising cost of romance
    Submitted by: Jesse Campbell on February 06, 2014

    The cost of saying I love you continues to increase

    Valentine's Day is big business, to the tune of $13 billion in sales. But is it weird, or even possibly offensive, to try and cut costs on February 14?

  • Love and Money: He said ...
    Submitted by: sitecore\jhorton on February 13, 2012

    This post is the final part in a two-part series focusing on love and money from two very different perspectives: the female point of view and the male point of view. View part one of the "She said, He said" series.

    The first part of the “Love and Money: She said, He said” series focused on the traits women find attractive in a mate, specifically when it comes to finances. For part two, we’re going to take a look at the male perspective when it comes to love and money.

    There are a number of studies that have been conducted on this topic, and – though not particularly surprising – significantly more men significantly more men place a higher value on attractiveness in a partner compared to women.

    He said

    According to MMI’s Love and Money survey, out of six traits, women ranked attractiveness sixth, while the rankings for men are as follows:

    1. Common values and interests
    2. Attractiveness
    3. Job security
    4. Low debt level
    5. A good credit history
    6. Adequate savings

    However, various studies and research conducted on the traits men find appealing in a mate has shown that over the years, financial stability has become a more important factor for men. Researchers at the University of Iowa find that men increasingly are interested in intelligent, educated women who are financially stable.

    And according to MMI’s Love and Money survey, while a “low debt level” is more important to women than men, more men consider a mate’s high debt levels to be a deal-breaker in a relationship.

    These findings aren’t necessarioly surprising when considering the fact that relationships are all about give-and-take. And whether you’re male or female, you will likely be wary of entering into a relationship where you feel you may have to “give” more than the other person.

    On that same note, one trait men find universally unattractive is a partner who is “needy” – and that can mean financially needy as well. Men want to know that a woman can stand on her own two feet. And that’s a great quality to have – whether you’re in a relationship or not!

    For more great Love and Money resources:

     

  • Love and Money: She said ...
    Submitted by: sitecore\jhorton on February 08, 2012

    The topic of love and money is highly emotional for both men and women. The first part of our two-part series will focus on the "She said" perspective.

  • Ten ways to be a cheap date
    Submitted by: sitecore\jhorton on February 01, 2012

    Ice skating

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, you’re probably racking your brain for ways to have fun with your honey without breaking the bank. These days, women – and men, for that matter – can appreciate the art of a cheap date.

    The following tips prove frugal and fun can go hand-in-hand – and with any luck, you and your date will also!

    1. Two-for-one. Challenge yourself and your date to have a coupon-only day! There are a lot of good deals to be found. If you have an idea for a place you want to go, visit their website for specials and discounts. If you can’t think of anything, check out sites such as Groupon and Living Social or grab the coupon book from your mail.
    2. Get thrifty. Thrift stores are fun for many reasons. First of all, you’ll never get bored people-watching. And secondly, you’re bound to come across some interesting items if you look hard enough. Think of it as a treasure hunt. And the person who makes the best “discovery” wins!
    3. Frolic in the park. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the great outdoors the way you did as a kid – swing on the swings, feed the ducks and throw the Frisbee around.
    4. Soak up some culture. Visit a local museum or art exhibit. Admission fees are usually minimal, and it’s a great way to explore your own city. On the plus side, you won’t have to worry about the conversation falling flat – just move on to the next exhibit!
    5. Go fly a kite. Hopefully your date won’t say the same! Pick up a kite at a local drug store or dollar store and then head out on a breezy day for some good, frugal fun.
    6. Gaze at the stars. Stargazing can be romantic and magical on a mild, clear evening. Just make sure you have bug spray and somewhere comfortable to sit. Bring along some tasty treats and a bottle of bubbly if you’re really looking to impress!
    7. Set the stage. Go see a local theater production. Even if it’s at a local high school or church, you’d be surprised how fun these events can be.
    8. Hit the rink. Whether it’s ice skating or roller-skating, this one is a classic – even if you’re not in middle school! So let your hair down, lace up those skates and have fun!
    9. Show your best side. Lend a helping hand by volunteering at a soup kitchen or retirement home. You could even head over to an animal shelter and pet the cats or play with the pups. There’s really nothing more enjoyable than getting to spend time together while putting a smile on someone else’s face.
    10. Whip up some love. Host a dinner where you each create your favorite dish for the other person. You can either cook your dishes together or separately, but the end result will be a delectable evening that’s heavy on love, and light on green.

    For more financial tips for couples, download our free Love and Money eBook. Use this valuable resource to help make finances a delight, rather than a drain, on your relationship.

  • I love my job
    Submitted by: sitecore\kmcgrigg on February 15, 2011

    There are a lot of things to love about working at Money Managment International.

  • Expensive to cheap Valentine's Day flowers
    Submitted by: sitecore\aholloway on February 14, 2011

    You don’t have to get stuck paying the high price of roses on Valentine’s Day. While they may not be traditional, these other blooms can express your adoration just as well, without you having to break-up with your budget.

  • 11 gift ideas for the penniless, hopeless romantic
    Submitted by: sitecore\aholloway on February 07, 2011

    Whether Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just a whim inspires you to splurge on a gift for your sweetie, pause before you swipe that credit card. The best way to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime love isn’t necessarily with a store bought, generic gift. These 11 gift ideas may not cost you much, but they are rich in thought and sure to be treasured by the one you love.

    1. Write a poem or love letter. Nothing says “I love you” more than sweet, tender words from the heart. Use your creative side and let that special someone know how you really feel.
    2. Bring him or her breakfast in bed. Showcase your culinary skills by making your sweetie his or her favorite breakfast food. Nothing says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven.
    3. Treat your significant other to a spa treatment. A day spa masseuse may be pricey but you’re not! Give your loved one a foot and back massage at home. Create a romantic ambiance with a sweetly-scented bubble bath and some rose petals in and around the bathtub.
    4. Prepare a romantic candlelit dinner. Transform your dining room into a beautiful four-star restaurant. Enjoy each other’s company and reconnect in a quiet atmosphere.
    5. Recreate your first date. Maybe it was dinner and a movie, maybe it was a walk in the park—the key is to recreate that initial spark between the two of you.
    6. Give your love a break. If you usually divide the chores at home, give your partner a sweet surprise by doing both your shares. Giving them a chance to put their feet up and relax will show how much you appreciate all they do.
    7. Create a soundtrack of your romance. Choose songs that are memorable for the two of you. The first song you danced to, the song that best defines your relationship, and songs that make you think of the other are a few ideas to load into your MP3 player.
    8. Rent a favorite flick. Spending quality time together is one of the best gestures to show someone you care. Instead of going out to a crowded movie theater, rent a movie and watch it while snuggling on the sofa.
    9. Buy red balloons. Fill his or her favorite room in the house with red balloons and hand-written notes with romantic verses on them.
    10. One step closer toward achieving a common goal. Make an agreement with your partner to forgo the gifts on the occasion you are celebrating. Instead, put that money toward achieving a shared goal, such as homeownership, paying off a debt, or saving for a romantic vacation.
    11. Give a printable gift certificate. Sometimes the best gift you can give is your time. Create a personalized gift using this free printable gift certificate generator.

    For more on finance and romance, download the free Love and Money eBook.

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