Five Signs Your Relationship Has Money Troubles

Is the topic of money causing fights with your partner?

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Money is one of the biggest issues that couples fight about, and it's natural you'll have some disagreements with your partner over finances from time to time. But if you find yourself always in battle, it could be a sign that your relationship has bigger issues—or that it will soon.

Consider these five signs that money issues could be threatening your relationship, but realize that financial disagreements don't have to mean the end for you.

There are ways to work through these issues once you identify them.

1. You Disagree With Each Other's Decisions

If you constantly find yourself justifying purchases to each other, or arguing over whether a certain purchase is worth it or not, it could be a sign you're not on the same page in terms of spending priorities.

It's one thing if you disagree occasionally — all couples do. It's another if you feel like no matter what you do with your money, your decisions will chronically lead to a fight.

2. Your Spending Personalities Are Totally Different

She's a shopaholic who owns 40 pairs of shoes and can spend the entire day at the mall. You're a "penny saved is a penny earned" type of person who'd rather eat leftover Ramen for dinner than go one dollar over your monthly grocery budget.

While it is possible for opposites to attract — and eventually reach some sort of compromise that works for them — just know that you've got some work to do if your money mindsets are total opposites.

That starts with being open to understanding where the other person is coming from, without any judgment.

3. You're Keeping Secrets From Each Other

You haven't told him you're $20,000 in debt. He hasn't told you he paid $1,000 for that new gadget rather than the $100 he said he spent.

No matter how big or small, keeping secrets from each other is a red flag you've got some trust issues.

A strong relationship will be able to get past mistakes and other hurdles, but it's hard to come back from a breach in trust.

4. One of You Pays Way More Often

You don’t have to split bills 50/50 all the time (if your incomes are wildly different, a 50/50 arrangement might not make sense). And you don't have to diligently track of who paid for what, down to the dollar.

But you should both feel that overall, you're each paying your fair share of your joint expenses, whether it's for dinners out or household bills. (If one person works and the other stays-at-home with children, you should both feel as though you're contributing equally to running the overall household.) An imbalance can lead to resentment.

5. You Can't Talk Money Without Someone Getting Angry

Money can be a touchy subject, one that can bring some emotional baggage with it. But if you're not able to talk about it with your partner calmly and rationally — or if you're not able to talk about it at all — it could signal deeper issues in your relationship.

Money is a big part of sharing your life with someone, and if you can't discuss it with each other, you're bound for trouble. How else will you be able to work toward joint financial goals, or identify what those goals are in the first place, if you're not open to talking about it?

 

In this case, seeking professional help might be your best bet for developing a better relationship not just between yourselves, but with your finances.