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Getting Paid For a Successful Marriage

Should You Get a Monetary Reward For Staying Married?

UTango is an online consumer loyalty and rewards program for singles, engaged couples, and newlyweds married less than three years. The program works by rewarding members with Tango Bucks for shopping with the program's 300 or so merchants.

Once a married member chooses a plan, their marriage must stay in tact for the entirety of the program and maintain a minimum balance of accrued Tango Bucks. The cash rewards can be up to $10,000 at your tenth anniversary, $100,000 at your twentieth, and $1 million at your thirtieth.

The website's founder, Jim Miller, said "the whole premise of this company is based on the foundation of marriage and being committed to your marriage. It's the only consumer rewards program in the world that can make you a millionaire."


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Chillin Chillin 9 years
From my perspective this is a no brainer. If I read this right, all I have to do is spend money I alreay spend with retailers I already shop with and so long as I earn enough pooints and stay married I get paid, sign me up. In fact, I just did sign up. I'm not even marreid yet, but all I know is between my school loans and trying to save for a new house I barely have two extra nickles to rub together, let alone invest in my IRA and I make a very good living. As I see it, this program is not about trying to bribe people to stay married, rather it is rewarding those that do. Bonus! I have sevaeral buddies who are married and none of them have ever said it's easy, in fact every single one of them says its hard to be a good husband, dad and spouse. As for whether or not this company will be here 30 years from now who knows, in fact will any of us be here 30 years from now? I am in the investment banking industry and my experience leads me to believe that a much larger company will aquire uTango for its innovative business model, so I'm not too concerned. Just wish I had thought of it first. In any event, I didn't have to pay anything to join. So like I said in the beginning...It's a no brainer.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I'll have been married 25 years this April. Send the cash right away please, I could use a new couch.
taffetacupcakes taffetacupcakes 9 years
I don't see anything wrong with signing up when you get married (or before), because I happen to shop online already, and anything that can even possibly get me rewards for what I'm already doing sounds good to me. I don't think anyone is going to stay married just because of this site, but if you happen to then why not make it work for you in other ways? I don't plan on getting married unless it's for life, so what is there to lose?
beeps beeps 9 years
I always joke that we should get to have a still married shower after ten years of marriage. Definitely a second honeymoon, although on our ten year mark I was 9+ months pregnant. Maybe at 15 years. :)
sierramuse8 sierramuse8 9 years
hell yes. you get paid for everything else you work at. why not that? plus you might feel some of the aggravation is worth it.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
It certainly is tempting, but a marriage that is "intact" doesn't necessarily equate to a happy one.
kissmesteph kissmesteph 9 years
The likelihood of the company being around that long is slim to none. HOWEVER, I think that people today give up on their marriages too quickly, so maybe a cash incentive would help people to stick around and work through their problems instead of turning to divorce so quickly.
stargrrl stargrrl 9 years
Isn't someone who gets and stays married to another person for money and other material goods usually referred to as a "gold-digger?" Aside from that this discriminates against same-sex couples as they cannot produce the needed marriage licenses (minus residents of MA) this program requires for membership.
lorenzo lorenzo 9 years
media surrounding marriage is kinda weird lately. has anyone else noticed how all the people in commericials are married these days, and if it's only one person inthe commercial, theres a shot to show a wedding ring. very this article
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Of course, love isn't enough to keep a marriage working. That sounded really naive of me. But you know what I mean...
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
Shouldn't people want to stay married... because they love each other & made a covenant before God? I guess only in a perfect world, eh?
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
This doesn't seem right.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I think it's a little silly, but it's a private company, so they can do whatever they want. Although, I think it is more of a marketing gimmick than anything else.
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
Shouldn't LOVE be the inspiration for staying married, not money?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that the concept is a good one - but the question does arise - what if the company goes bust?
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
Strange. Your being bribed to stay married.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I'm sorry married already get tax advantages and social advantages. What about people like my sister or my dad who became widows/widowers they had no say in the ending of their marriage - and now my sister is suddenly lumped in as a single parent by choice. And she loses the advantages of being married because her husband died. My grandparents stayed married for 70 torturous years. They hated each after the first year - but their family told them you stick it out until death. Miserable marriage - a miserable place for my dad to grow up - to miserable elderly people waiting for the other to kick off. And I guess finally my grandfather won because my grandmother died. It's a stupid idea - money cannot fix the misery of a bad marriage.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I just signed up.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
:oy: dumb. I wonder how many women will sign up and stick it out just so they can get the money.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
This is disgusting.
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
this is silly... if this is the kind of stuff that people think about when they get wonder the divorce rates are what they are..
KWM KWM 9 years
Definitely strange, but I do have to admit I am a little upset that I have been married for too long to sign up :)
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
Seriously, what IF the company's not around in 30 years?
caryatid caryatid 9 years
i like the idea of a marriage staying "in tact".
emalove emalove 9 years
No...this seems really odd to me.
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