Opposites Attract When It Comes To Spending Money

Dime and quarter

Cheapskates and spendthrifts are drawn together, a study shows, but tend to fight about money.

Money may be the root of all evil, but spending differences don't necessarily kill a relationship.

According to CNN, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University have discovered that cheapskates and spendthrifts have an affinity for each other. Even so, marriages between the two have some rocky moments while they feel each other out financially. 10 Tips For Saving A Marriage After Job Loss

Scott Rick, post-doctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, said research has found that people typically look for similarities in age, personality and demographics, but spending habits seems to follow the reverse course. Rick said part of the attraction may be directly to the spending habits. Cheapskates don't want to be cheap, Rick said, but feel pain when spending. On the other hand, spendthrifts don't feel pain while spending, so they continue to do it frivolously.

"When you have something about yourself that you don't like, you tend to look for the opposite in a mate," Rick told CNN. A separate part of the study found that those who like to spend money and those who dislike to spend money claim to want similar things in a mate, however. Poll: In A Marriage, Whose Money Is It Anyway?

While the study solely looked at married couples, Rick pointed out that the research would likely have been amplified had they talked to divorcees, too.

The study surveyed 458 invidivduals and 110 heterosexual, married couples on their attitudes about spending.