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If you have ever been in a long-term relationship I can guarantee you have had a fight about money. It’s unfortunate that money has ruined some of the most amazing, and fun-loving relationships around. This doesn’t need to be the case, if you choose your partner carefully by getting to know their character, their spending habits and what financial goals they have set for the future.
Investigate their financial baggage
It’s important you ask questions when getting to know your partner at the beginning to see what financial baggage they are carrying. Did they just graduate from college or university? Did they work while going to school or do they have enormous debts owing? Do they own a credit card or 2 or 3? Ekkkk! Do they have a car loan, or a line of credit? These are debts you will inherit when things get more serious and you co habitat with each other. Personally I would never date a student carrying mountains of debt, or someone with maxed out credit cards. I don’t believe people should be looking for, or are ready for a long-term relationship when they have mountains of debt. Frankly they just don’t have their shit together. Rather than looking for a long-term relationship they should be working as much as possible and paying off the debt they have incurred. People bring enough baggage into a relationship never mind massive amounts of financial baggage. Choose a partner that carries very little financial baggage or has a good handle on cleaning up their debt.
After you figure out what kind of financial baggage your partner is caring, it is important to see if you are financially compatible. For example a couple that both people are mutual savers and think its important to save for your future early are more compatible than a couple where one is a saver, and one is an excessive spender, and lives in the moment normally living paycheck to paycheck. These peoples priorities and character are likely different which in turn will cause conflict. Choose a partner that has the same drive toward financial goals and possesses the same spending habits as you.
Financial compatibility is very important, but who has the highest salary/assets “the bread winner” is not. One person is bound to be making more money than the other. My ex made more money than me while I was in school for the first 2 years we lived together, and I made more than him for the next 3 ½ years we were together. We didn’t care who made the most money as long as we were jointly making enough to cover the bills, and meet the goals that we both agreed on together. It’s about having the same goals, working as a team and communicating to each other where your money will be spent, and saved TOGETHER.
If we choose a partner with the least amount of baggage, and are financially compatible we are still bound to have fights and relationship problems that are due to money. It’s inevitable. In most cases these can be settled with compromise. If you give a little, you are bound to get a lot in return. You may not get your way, but you will be happy knowing there is no animosity. That’s what happens when you have mutual respect in a relationship. Unfortunately over time people change and some couples will experience money problems that put a wedge in their relationship, and possible break the relationship. When this happens the money issues are probably not the problem but have more to do with issues that are much deeper than financial burdens. Our use of money and our attitude towards money reveals a lot about our character. Whether someone has a secret account or spends frivolously, without talking with their partner, there are deeper issues. It could be a lack of communication, trust, or self-esteem issues. If money issues are causing you serious doubts about your relationship I would urge you to look deeper into the relationship for the actually problems, which probably are not money. You can be very happy as a couple going to the food bank, buying your clothes at the thrift store as long as you have mutual respect, love, and understanding. Being poor should have no affect on your relationship if it is healthy and you work as a team to pay your bills and work towards the goals you mutually set.