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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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Love Q&A: Mother-In-Law problems?

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My MIL always asks me how much stuff costs-our furniture, my clothes...everything. I don't want her to know too much about our finances. What do I do?

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Although it's certainly not polite of your MIL (mother in law) to ask so many money questions, keep in mind that she may not see it as being out of line. And remember, all families are different and in hers, it might be completely appropriate to ask about finances.

Breezily blow off her questions about money matters. After a few vague answers like, "I don't remember," "Not much!" or even "More than I'd like to admit!" she should get the hit that you don't like talking prices and, hopefully, cease her one-women rendition of The Price Is Right.

-- The Nest Editors

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