avoid money problems in your marriageLeaving the toilet seat up. <Guilty>

Not noticing she got her hair trimmed a 1/4 of an inch. <A 1/4 of an inch, really? Does any guy notice this? >

Pretending to not hear the newborn crying in the middle of the night. <Busted!>

Trying to fix the problem instead of just listening. <Still haven’t figured this one out>

In the grand scheme of things, the above items are trivial and every marriage should be able to withstand them.

But the #1 thing that all marriages have a problem with is money.

I’ve seen countless marriages ruined all because money got in the way.

Either there wasn’t enough of it. Or there was too much of it. One spouse didn’t like how the other was spending it. The other spouse didn’t like  to disclose what they were actually spending their money on.

All of these are a recipe for a disastrous marriage.

Here’s my tips on how you can have a successful marriage and avoid money problems. I promise it doesn’t have to be that hard.

How do you avoid money problems in your marriage? Please share in the comments below!

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Comments | 5 Responses

  1. Brad says

    My wife and I use YNAB to track our expenses. We sit down probably once every other week and just walk through our different categories and discuss how much money we have left in each category (if any!) and identify any problem areas or unplanned expenses. I think if there is someone in the relationship that “controls the finances” it is important to make sure the other person understands what is going on and for my wife, putting in a computer program is the easiest way for her to do that.

    • Jeff Rose says

      @ Brad. That’s awesome! I love the fact that you and your wife sit down once a week and go over your finances. That is a recipe for a HAPPY marriage! :)

      I’ve never used YNAB, but have heard many good things about it.

  2. says

    My wife and I each have our areas of expertise. I (former CFO) do the finances and she is in charge of everything else. It has worked for 44 years. If it is not broke, why fix it.

  3. says

    Great post!! I used to be a control freak when it came to the money in our marriage. Now my wife and I share the responsibility of finances (this was her idea). It has worked out much better then I expected and it has also helped our communication. I still pay the majority of the bills, but my wife helps with our budget.

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