Living in a committed relationship without the benefit of marriage creates unique challenges for financial planning.
<strong></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Financial-Intimacy-Create-Healthy-Relationship/dp/1556527756" target="_blank"> Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate</a> </em></strong>(Chicago Review Press; $14.95) by financial coach Jacquette Timmons, aims to help couples communicate more effectively about their finances. Timmons defines financial intimacy as managing money’s emotional impact on your romantic relationship. This book demonstrates how to build financial intimacy and reduce the strain that money issues often place on a relationship. </p>
<strong><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/First-Comes-Love-Then-Money/dp/0061649910/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286395215&sr=1-1" target="_blank">First Comes Love, Then Comes Money: A Couple’s Guide to Financial Communication</a> </em></strong><em>(HarperOne; $14.99) </em>by Bethany and Scott Palmer discusses hot topics like financial infidelity, <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/personal-finance/2010/09/22/love-money-6-ways-to-stop-fighting-about-money/">fighting over money</a>, </strong>and discovering your money personality. Tips are given on how to improve communication about money and work together to manage household finances. #####<strong><em> </em></strong>
<strong></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Get-Financially-Naked-Money-Honey/dp/1440502013/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1286395258&sr=1-1" target="_blank"> Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey</a> </em></strong>(Adams Media; $12.95) by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar instructs women on how to bring up the topic of money with their partners. The book also offers tips on how to maintain a financial plan, save for future goals, and invest wisely. </p>
<strong></a><a href="http://www.marilynlogan.com/buybook.htm" target="_blank"> I Can’t Afford to Marry You: A Guide to Understanding the True Cost of Love</a> </em></strong>(Salo Publishing; $20)<strong><em> </em></strong>by Marilyn Logan outlines what you need to know about romance and finance before you tie the knot. The author wrote this book based on her personal experience as a young woman. She was about to get married, but when her soon-to-be hubby discovered that her finances were a wreck, he decided not to proceed with the wedding. Logan urges you to learn from her mistakes and shows you how to get your finances straight <em>before</em> you say ‘I do.’ </p> <strong> </strong>
<strong></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Couples-Finish-Rich-Creating/dp/0767904842" target="_blank"> Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner</a> </em></strong>(Broadway; $14.95) by David Bach teaches couples how to plan their finances together so they can successfully reach shared goals such as retirement or purchasing a home. <strong><em> </em></strong></p>