As I contemplated hiding my new, had-to-have riding boots from my husband (until the time was “right” to tell him about my mini-shopping-spree), I had second thoughts. While there were times we didn’t see eye-to-eye about money, experience taught us that if we avoided the issue, it only made things worse. I recently learned that’s the case in a lot of relationships.
Sure, every couple disagrees about finances once in a while – like an average of five times a year.But couples who have disagreements about money as often as once a week may be over 30 percent more likely to get divorced than couples who disagree about finances a few times a month.
Research tells us that most couples find it easier to talk about sex than money. But not talking about finances is one of the biggest money mistakes couples can make. When you think about it, money affects nearly every aspect of a relationship. So it’s important to learn how to talk about it like adults – using our “inside voices.”