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How Much Is a Stay-at-Home Spouse Worth? May. 10, 2019

Tales From the Front

We recently heard from Melanie, a stay-at-home wife and mother for most of her 27-year marriage. One... Read More

Absolutely Not True Mar. 20, 2019

Social Security and You

I was answering emails from my readers today. And after a while, it dawned on me that three or four ... Read More

Personality Shift After Husband's Retirement Mar. 04, 2019

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: Recently, my father-in-law retired. This has made my mother-in-law a different, not-so-k... Read More

If One of You Makes More, Can You Still Be Financial Equals? Nov. 28, 2018

Ask Carrie

Dear Carrie: We've been married for two years, and so far, my husband and I have pretty much split b... Read More

Investing With a Spouse Jun. 20, 2018

Taking Stock

Dear Mr. Berko: Since we sold our business and retired 11 years ago, our $768,000 individual retirem... Read More

Sometimes the Government Giveth and Then Taketh Away May. 02, 2018

Social Security and You

Q: I am 66 years old, and I get my own small Social Security retirement benefit. Because it is so sm... Read More

Husband's Hearing Loss, Revisited Apr. 05, 2018

Dear Annie®

Dear Readers: Recently, I printed a letter from "Sad and Frustrated Beyond Words," who was at her wi... Read More

Wanting the Clothes-Free Life Nov. 03, 2017

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: I'm a man in my 30s who is a nudist at heart. Though I enjoy doing things clothes-free, ... Read More

Answers for Women About Social Security Sep. 06, 2017

Social Security and You

I wouldn't know how to go about getting accurate information about this issue, but based on the emai... Read More

Grief and Loss Aug. 10, 2017

Dear Annie®

Dear Annie: Lord willing, next month I'll turn 67. In a recent column, you solicited seniors to writ... Read More

Anxiety Over Holidays Nov. 21, 2016

Dear Doug

Q: I am shy and probably always will be, but my husband is always the life of the party. We have alr... Read More

Picking a Partner Sep. 19, 2016

Dear Doug

Q: I will graduate from college in June. I have a good life and have found my passion and career goa... Read More

Fat Is a Four-Letter Word Aug. 13, 2016

Tales From the Front

Today, readers respond to Chuck, who resents being saddled with an overweight wife. JESSIE: I bet yo... Read More

High School Sweetheart No More Apr. 29, 2016

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I married my high school sweetheart 39 years ago. She is the only woman I have ever slep... Read More

Social Security Strategies for Spouses: Do You Know Your Options? Sep. 23, 2015

Ask Carrie

Dear Carrie: My wife and I are both turning 66, and I understand that this is "full retirement age"... Read More

This Is What Marriage Equality Looks Like -- For Your Finances Aug. 12, 2015

Ask Carrie

Dear Readers: When it comes to money, marriage changes things — a lot. From owning property to... Read More

Mickey Mouse

Aug. 21, 2014

What Financial Steps Should You Take When a Spouse Dies? Jun. 04, 2014

Ask Carrie

Dear Carrie: I'm 65, and my husband just died suddenly. He handled our finances, and I'm feeling ov... Read More

Wizard of Id

Jun. 02, 2014

Spouses: Know Your Financials! Apr. 21, 2014

Dear Doug

Q: Even before we married, my husband and I agreed that he would handle our financial life. Last mon... Read More