Did you know that a couple bringing in about $60,000 per year will spend $8 -10,000 on a baby the first year and early years thereafter? Those making six figures are looking at $24,000. Due to economic straits it’s no wonder that Millennials are pushing back baby making, not to mention home and car buying, according to The Atlantic‘s Jordan Weissman. Weissman, who provided the above stats, chatted with Patt Morrison this morning on KPCC about this very real issue, and how it only hampers economic revival – - diaper and pregnancy test companies have recorded taking hits! Are you prolonging car buying, home buying and baby making, too?
Read on about the story here: http://www.scpr.org/programs/patt-morrison/2012/08/30/28187/millennial-babies-generation-y-recession-american/
You and your beloved fight now and then, which I’ve shown you is positive, but have you peeked at the underbelly of why you’re fighting and, perhaps, some common themes of those dust ups? Caught this YourTango.com on the Sacramento Bee’s PR Newswire today, which illuminates the topic.
Here are the top reasons why couples fight, listed in order or significance.
1. Feelings of being undervalued or unimportant
2. Communication troubles
Surprised? Sounds accurate? Now that you know the triggers for fights, nail #2 and start talking about the issues head on.
Lots of <3,
I came across an interesting article in CNN Money, “Talk money with your spouse — and keep the peace,” about a husband who can’t seem to cut through his wife’s intransigence on financial issues; namely, saving. Writer Walter Updegrave paves some conversation starters and more. What’s key, according to Updegrave?
-Communicate positively and amicably and not from a place of anger.
-Set small and large goals.
-Work on budget.
The Husband has been using this nifty iPhone app every time we go to the market lately. It’s called Shop Savvy, and no product is immune from its cost-comparing scan. At least not under TH’s watch. Just yesterday at Ralphs, I went for a pack of gum that he sized up. The computations showed it would be 20 cents cheaper if I’d bought it online.
Savings are important – especially in a newlywed household. Do you want to own a home one day? Have children? Travel? ? If the answer to any one of those is yes, then it’s important for you to save where you can. Not that I’m saying spending 20cents less on a pack of gum is going to make you a Rockefeller. We should simply start to become more conscious.
We should also pay attention to Teri Gault, founder and CEO of The GroceryGame.com, who is a cost-cutting wizard. Here are some of her tips:
Lots of <3,