4. One-sided control. If there is one person in your relationship who controls all of the money, we can pretty much guarantee financial infidelity in the relationship. It indicates a lack of trust, respect and partnership. Both people spend money and need money to make the household run; both need to be involved in controlling the funds. Mr. Mustang himself, Henry Ford said, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
5. Keeping secrets, large or small. Money secrets destroy relationships. Much like sexual infidelity starts out with small flirtations and grows into a poisonous affair, financial infidelity may start small or unintentionally.
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The good news is financial infidelity can be overcome and stopped dead in its tracks. The debt may be there, bad habits may need to be dealt with but a known evil is an easier dragon to slay together than a toxic secret lurking in the dark.
Approach your new relationships, and old, with the desire to work together and discuss your money openly. Your relationships will profit.
The Money Couple®
Scott & Bethany Palmer
Authors of The 5 Money Personalities: Speaking the Same Love and Money Language
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