Talking about money is at the top of the list of awkward convos most people avoid, and in a couple? It’s a straight up can of worms. If discussing money matters has been a source of more conflict than cuddles in your relationship, the good news is, it doesn’t have to stay that way. In fact, talking about personal finances with your partner can actually bring you closer together. Even if there’s no contention, don’t you want to make sure you and your significant other are on the same page, finance-wise? First up, some background:
Money problems can ruin romance
Many people avoid talking about money because often our financial status is uncomfortably linked to our self-worth. This goes for those of us who’ve managed to acquire a substantial amount of wealth, as well as those who are struggling to make ends meet.
So it’s no surprise that the stresses associated with cash would seep into our romantic relationships, that other unfortunate measure of self-worth. One recent survey from SunTrust financial services found that 35 percent of all respondents experiencing relationship stress said money was the primary cause of friction.
And, for those who are married, money problems are often cited as the leading cause of divorce. So yeah, it would seem addressing money issues head-on is a critical part of a healthy, thriving, and long-lasting relationship. But how?