How To Keep Money From Breaking Up Your Relationship

By Emma McGowan

Who wants to talk about money? If you’re here, I’m guessing that you definitely do but does your significant other? If that’s not a question you’ve already put to your sweetie, I’m here to give you a heads up: You have a new task at the top of your to-do list.

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Talking about money is the worst and no one likes to upset the apple cart, especially if your relationship is going well. The thing is, though, that money is not a silent partner in your relationship. Money is going to stand up and scream and you can choose to ignore it for only so long before you and your SO both end up with splitting migraines, screaming right back.

This is one of those truisms, however, that doesn’t necessarily have to be true. Why do people get to the point where their conflicts over money are so extensive that they feel they have no choice but to split up? What is it about money that can it can drive such deep rifts between us?


While I don’t have answers to those huge questions (if I did, I’d be making more than Oprah), I do want to tackle some concrete examples of issues that crop up within couples when King Cash rears his ugly head.

Next week we’re going to tackle the problem of what to do when you and your boo have different spending styles. He wants to buy a shiny new toy and you totally know why but you also know that you both have major college loans still waiting to be paid off… We’ve all been there, right? What’s the best way to deal with it?

Following that, I want to talk about some tools you can use to make sure that your partnership stays in sync, at least money-wise.

In the meantime, I wanna know: What money problems have you faced in relationships? How have you taken them down? Leave me some good ones in the notes and I’ll be sure to work them into the next couple posts!

Photo Credits

Stuart Miles | smarnard |

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