Take the check! It sounds like you don't NEED the swap and the only reason for it would be to combat the irrational panic we all feel when we worry that we don't have the shiniest and newest bang for our bucks. (I can relate!)
Mike Dang! You have to tell us when there are pictures!!!
Agreed with @peacheater and @londonistheplaceforme. I think Mike just happened to pull out one quote that wasn't totally unreasonable in an otherwise completely unreasonable article. (Sincere thanks to Mike for getting frustrated about this! It's crap!) Bennhold is hiding behind the word "unscientific" to excuse a poorly written, poorly researched article. Some women in heterosexual relationships are embarrassed by their spending and want to hide it from their partners. Okay. But did she ask any of the men if there are expenses they'd rather keep private too? I bet there are! I also bet there are just as many male-halves to those couples who don't know their passwords, don't know their pay after tax, don't know exactly what's in their accounts. I mean, I get it. We all know it's a crappy article. But how is a trend piece of such poor quality getting published by the New York Times? It makes me tired.