The recession is bad for your wallet, and it ain’t helping relationships either, a PayPal survey released today found. The recession has caused 43 percent of couples to argue more, partly because of shifting power dynamics. One in ten couples says the role of breadwinner has changed in the past six months because of job loss or salary cuts.
Sources of other fights are household chores (28 percent), in-laws (22 percent) and sex (15 percent).
Would it help if we talked less about money? Maybe. The survey found that “couples in the Netherlands tend to avoid discussions about money, likewise reporting the least amount of finance-related arguments. On the contrary, couples in the U.S. and Mexico are the most likely to openly discuss their finances and report the highest instances of household arguments related to money.”
Many partners hide their purchases from each other and have separate bank accounts. Some 14 percent of U.S. couples have ended a relationship in part due to financial stress.
When Hubby and I talk about money, I try to make sure we are both fed and well-rested. Otherwise, we have two strikes against us. How do you make talking about money easier?