February 1, 2009

When Your Rich Man Goes Broke

As Wall Street plummets and, avalanche-like, takes out the jobs and wealth of so many bankers, so plummeteth the hopes and (self-absorbed) dreams of certain girlfriends.

It has become so horrific, that said girls have resorted to forming a Dating a Banker Anonymous group, according to an article in the The New York Times.

Said one newlywed bride of a private wealth banker whose fortunes have turned, "It's not what I signed up for." Apparently she excised the portion of the classic wedding vows where it goes, "for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer," at her November 2008 wedding. Or if she didn't, she has a faulty memory.

Check out the blog that welcomes you to join in their pain “if your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life...” Hmm, could that include any of my faithful readers (all seven of you, not including my cousin Chuck.)

What do you think? Has the financial crunch forced you to harken back to your wedding vows of "worse," and "poorer." And how is that going?

This single Broke Girl is hoping for the best for her married gal pals; that any Wall Street quakes that have reverberated their way serve only to drive honest communication and commitment to survive and thrive together. And to let no man, nor Wall Street prices "put them asunder."


  1. Hi there :) I can't even read that blog, it irritated me so much! GRRR! Instead of looking at how their lives could be improved by living more simply, or even develop a deeper and stronger relstionship, they whine. Instead of meeting new friends in a group exercise class, one is annoyed. I could go on but I will leave it at that!

    We got married in September and I are doing fine. We are cutting back in some areas (eating out, shopping, cable tv) not to just save money but to live a more simpler life and appreciate the little things. Good topic, interested to see what others have to say


  2. Well ... those women are very, very young. I'm the wife of a Wall Street attorney. I shop at Old Navy, take my coupon file to the grocery store and keep an eye on the thermostat in our far-from-grand house.

    You get to a point where you realize that, even with fat bonus checks, it is VERY possible to be broke on a Wall Street salary - especially once you have kids. And that working at that kind of a career is soul-draining and marriage-ruining.

    My husband is now seriously considering leaving Big Law for public service - and I'm thrilled. It's possible because we live well below our means. I wonder if some women are kvetching about Bergdorf's but really wondering if they can pay their mortgages.

  3. We have been married 14 years and we always seemed to be driving the kids places and having to go here and there. We have been staying home more and eating at home more. I think it just makes us closer.I cant belive some people