Rom-com money tips: ‘Sleepless in Seattle’


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6 money tips from popular movie romances

Movie: ‘Sleepless in Seattle’

The story: A widower and an unhappily engaged woman find true love with a little help from their friends, his son, iconic backdrops and a little bit of destiny.

Annie begins to realize her fiance isn’t quite right for her and falls for Sam when she hears his story on a radio call-in show. Widower Sam is attracted to Annie when he sees her at a chance meeting. Because this is a romantic comedy and not a gritty crime drama, Sam isn’t a swindler or serial killer, and Annie isn’t cuckoo or suffering from commitment issues.

In the final minutes of the film, they find each other on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, a locale taken from the iconic love story, “An Affair to Remember.”

The takeaway: If something doesn’t feel right — whether it’s an engagement or an investment plan — listen to that little voice within.

“The best thing you can tell someone is to trust your gut,” says Barry Picker, CPA, Picker & Auerbach CPAs. “If something seems too good to be true, if it doesn’t make you comfortable, don’t do it.”

The other takeaway: If your future happiness depends on a single meeting at a specific time and place, it’s smart to have a contingency plan. What if the elevator had been out?

Written by
Dana Dratch
Personal Finance Writer
Dana Dratch is a personal finance and lifestyle writer who enjoys talking all things money and credit. With a degree in English and writing, she likes asking the questions everyone would ask if they could and sharing the answers — along with smart money management tips from the experts.