Buying Gifts While Sharing an Account

In the Wall Street Journal, Katy McLaughlin talks about gift-giving in a relationship where both partners pool and share their money (basically, surprises are hard to pull off) She just opened up her own credit card account so she can surprise him this year, though writing a column about it and publishing it on the internet may let some of the cat out of the bag.

My Wife and I Fought About Money, So We Created a System to Fix It

The first year of our marriage, my wife and I fought about money all the time. Her shoulders raised in defense whenever I tried to talk about her debt, and I became passive-aggressive when asking about purchases I was seeing in our joint checking account. So we decided to figure out how to fix this.

Fancy Meals, Thanks to Mom and Dad

At Tablet, Jon Reiss discusses all the fancy restaurants he's eaten at thanks to his parents paying for dinner, and his desire to pay his own way as he hit his late twenties and started to find more success.

Interview With a Woman Who Wants to Pay for Her Boyfriend But He Won’t Let Her

Claire Brown is a name I made up for a girl who likes to go out to eat, but her boyfriend doesn't.

Sickness, Death, and Money

My mom passed away when I was a junior in college, and she got sick when I was in high school. There were a lot of trips to doctors, many close calls at the ER, and many out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Say What You Will About Gender Roles LOL

In Salon, an essay by a self-described stay at home boyfriend: “Say what you will about modern times and gender roles in the 21st century, but there are still certain behaviors associated with manhood. Providing. Protecting. Being a stay-at-home boyfriend may look easy. But let’s say I’ve forsaken a certain amount of pride.”

I think it is totally fine to want to pay and to feel like you want to pay and say, I want to pay. But it’s not because you are a duuuuuuudddeeee, dude. And that’s what I have to say about gender roles.

A Tradition Among Farmers, When One of Them Gets Sick or Dies

This is a very nice story by Bart Schaneman about farmers and neighbors in Nebraska harvesting a fellow farmer’s sugar beets for him after he died. This is a thing farmers do for other farmers.

Lisa and Bryan’s Road Trip Adventure

Lisa and Bryan plan a roadtrip.

“A Currency for Paid Friends”

I don't know what to make of this at all. It's like an alternate universe to me. I'm just going to leave this here.

It Has Happened (SCREAMS)

Via Publisher’s Marketplace: “Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman’s 40 DAYS OF DATING: THE BOOK, based on the viral social experiment with 2 million unique visitors, a designed, expanded look at the experiment between two friends and the results, including texts, conversations, artwork, photographs, and details of the romance before, during, and after the experiment that never made it onto the site, to Deborah Aaronson at Abrams, in a pre-empt, for publication in Fall 2014, by CAA. Screen rights previously acquired by Warner Bros.”

People I Owe Money to, the Sequel

Last year about this time I owed some people some money and made a little list. What a fun exercise that was. Let's play again.

3. ‘He doesn’t like how I spend money.’

Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman are good friends who both found themselves single at the same time. So they decided to date each other. And document it for 40 days. Because why not?