Is Money Harmony the Secret to a Long Marriage? | The Frugalista

Is Money Harmony the Secret to a Long Marriage?

by frugalista on June 14, 2012

The Huffington Post had an interesting quote in an article saying that having a similar financial philosophy as your mate is the key to a successful marriage. So much for chemistry! Money management makes a marriage work! Read below:

From an 87-year-old woman, who has been married for 58 years:
“… if you’re a free spender, marry somebody who understands that. If you’re frugal, you need to marry somebody who understands that, because money is one of the stumbling blocks in marriages. And fortunately we had the same values on most things. Because of this, we really didn’t argue. And we really didn’t agonize over things. We came to our decisions by just realizing that we had usually the same goals. We both believed in education. We wanted to be moral according to society’s standards, to raise our children to be good citizens, and to be responsible in terms of finances.”

Basically, the articles says that you should have the same financial spending style. The article isn’t so big on the “opposites attract” theory. I could see spending style being a big factor in a marriage. Some couples don’t even keep their money in the same accounts. If I worked hard to to be fiscally fit, I would hate to have a mate who blew through the cash. I would be very resentful. But, I would hate to have a partner who was cheap and harassed me about every last dime! I’m grown. Either you trust me or you don’t. Hmmm. I wonder if there’s a test to see if you are financially compatible? There should be a “FINANCIALMATCH.COM” website for singles. I’d sign up.

What do you think, lovers? If you want to live in marital bliss, does your mate have to be on the same financial page as you are? Do opposites attract? Is a mate who budgets well sexy to you? What are your budgeting tips?

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