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How to host a family financial meeting.

It’s Thursday, money nerds. And it’s January. And it’s 2020. What does that all mean? It means it’s time for some top money stories to keep you interested and engaged! Here’s what we have for you today.

How to host a family financial meeting. [One Frugal Girl] — “My husband and I hosted our first family financial meeting in 2006 and we’ve continued the tradition almost every year since. We set a date every Valentine’s Day for our big talk. It might not sound very sexy, but twenty-two percent of couples divorce over money issues, so I suppose it’s a good way to ensure we don’t split up over financial concerns…Starting a conversation when you can’t pay your bills or feel annoyed by your partner’s spending is not the best time to start discussing your finances.”

What retirement looks like without enough money. [The Atlantic] — “Roberta Gordon never thought she’d still be alive at age 76. She definitely didn’t think she’d still be working. But every Saturday, she goes down to the local grocery store and hands out samples, earning $50 a day, because she needs the money.”

2020 IRS tax refund schedule: When will you receive your refund? [The Military Wallet] — “We can give you a rough idea of when you will receive your tax refund, but only if you file your federal taxes electronically using a software program or with the IRS E-File. Expect longer delays if you file your return on paper because it takes longer for the IRS to process your paperwork. The tax refund chart below offers more information on when to expect tax refunds.”

The new dot-come bubble is here: It’s called online advertising. [The Correspondent] — “When these experiments showed that ads were utterly pointless, advertisers were not bothered in the slightest. They charged gaily ahead, buying ad after ad. Even when they knew, or could have known, that their ad campaigns were not very profitable, it had no impact on how they behaved.”

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