Debt Diet Part 5: Making men, women and money get along at the holidays

Experts tout talking about money as one of the best ways to avoid financial miscommunication in a relationship. But what if you and your honey aren't really hearing what the other has to say? Or even worse, what if you two speak a completely different money language?

Having the "money talk" is essential to keeping your Debt Diet on track. It's also (believe it or not) one of the cornerstones of a good relationship. That's why, with just two weeks left in the holiday shopping season, it's important to make sure you and your mate aren't just talking, but that you're truly listening to what each of you has to say about money. Otherwise, you're likely to blow your budget -- and your partner's likely to blow their top -- while you're scooping up gifts this weekend.