We’ve pulled headlines and insights from some of the leading financial websites to help you keep your financial plan in check and advice for avoiding pitfalls and arguments about money with your significant other.

Here’s what you need to know this week:

  • Many of us believe that we work best under pressure, which is often caused by procrastinating. According to a recent Forbes.com article, Don’t Delay! 6 Hacks for Fighting Financial Procrastination, that’s rarely the case. “We make more errors under pressure,” says Timothy Pychyl, author of Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. “It’s not that you work better under pressure—you only work under pressure.” Luckily there are plenty of ways to outsmart yourself, so that you can beat your own tendencies toward procrastination. This is especially helpful when it comes to money-related tasks that can enable you to reach your financial goals.
  • A new survey of 3,068 adults, by the American Psychological Association, revealed that 31 percent of adults with partners report that money is a major source of conflict in their relationship. U.S. News and World Report offers 5 Strategies for Managing Toxic Money Arguments to help couples get through those stressful financial confrontations. So this Valentine’s Day get the money conversation out of the way peacefully so you can focus on what’s most important—each other.

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