Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

yours, mine and ours.(Sage)

Byline: Miriam Sagan * Illustration by Russ Ball

STRATEGIES

My idea of closeness isn't sharing money but my husband's was. And so we did.

"I want to feel close to you," my husband said.I smiled, envisioning a weekend a deux at the hot springs. But just as my imagination was providing me with a romantic soak I was brought back down to earth.

"I think we should open a joint checking account," he said.

I was stunned. We'd been married five years, and I thought we were close! As far as I was concerned, our fiscal system was working. Although we were a blended family, our assets weren't merged. We each maintained our own accounts and split the household and child expenses down the middle. It had seemed to work. What was different now? …

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