Alert
Close

Top the Trizzle leaderboard by 5 p.m. Friday to win a $100 gift card! Learn more

Highlights

Open

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Driver Safety

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

AARP Books

Visit the Money Section

Enjoy titles on retirement, Social Security, and becoming debt-free.

webinars

Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming Money webinar or find materials from a past session. 

Jobs You Might Like

most popular
articles

Viewed

Pay Down Your Debt Challenge

Why People Shop on the Sly

Here are 5 ways to solve financial infidelity

"Through the act of secret spending, or financial infidelity, debt is incurred that spouses can be legally responsible for, although the specifics vary from state to state," says Neil Ellington, executive vice president of CESI.

"This inherited debt can be quite problematic on the health of a relationship," Ellington adds. "That's why honesty and open communication about money has to be a priority in the relationship."

Address Compulsive Spending Problems
Do you regularly buy items on impulse or spring for lavish gifts for the kids or grandkids? Or does your significant other indulge in expensive shopping sprees?

If compulsive spending habits are draining your bank accounts, consider what is driving the urge to shop. If you're unhappy, depressed or unable to express emotions in a healthy way, you need to find better ways to manage your moods. You and your spouse need to work on this issue together so you don't end up developing an overspending and hoarding habit. You can also bring along a buddy with you if you feel prone to "retail therapy" so he or she can keep you on your budget.

Delegate and Designate Tasks
In planning your household budget, one of you can be in charge of handling the household bills, while the other person can be in charge of developing a preliminary budget or spending plan. Separate money management tasks mean your financial philosophy is a joint effort.

Working together toward a shared goal can put you both on the same page and make it much easier to achieve financial harmony.

Next: What to do when you can't agree >>

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

AARP Credit card from Chase

Members can earn 3% cash back on purchases with the AARP® Visa® Card from Chase.

AARP Financial Services

Info on saving for education from AARP® College Savings Solutions from TIAA-CREF.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

featured
groups

savingchalleng

Savings Challenge

Have the gift of thrift? Compete for prizes in the 2011 Savings Challenge from April 1-30.

Discuss

Clutter Challenge

Clutter Challenge

Ready to get organized, once and for all? You've come to the right place! Discuss