Relax—if you and your man have different ideas about what to do with your hard-earned cash (i.e. you like to save, he likes to spend), you can still have a healthy, romantic relationship, according to a new study from Chemistry.com that focused on love and money.
While fiscal discrepancies between partners are not a predictor of inevitable relationship doom, gender, personality and relationship status are all factors when it comes to how people feel about money.
The Chemistry.com survey of 1,600 single U.S. men and women found that men were more likely to change their spending habits if asked by a romantic partner (69% of men vs. 57% of women) and almost twice as likely to agree to pool their money when engaged or in early stages of relationships (33% of men vs. 17% of women).
Interestingly, the survey also found that when it comes to who brings home the bacon, women prefer men to be the primary breadwinners, but men wouldn't mind passing on the responsibility (38% of women vs. 15% of men).
Singles' spending habits were surprisingly similar to those of my fiancé and I: Two-thirds of singles spend money on "something fun" "sometimes" (as opposed to "rarely” or "often"), 85% are saving money for the future, and 58% have changed their habits because of the economic downturn.
Does this survey accurately describe your spending habits? Tell us in the comments!
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