Life // How does money impact relationships?

Money is such a frustrating thing isn’t it? We all say it doesn’t matter how much money we have, as long as we’re happy, but so many of life’s stresses come from money – or rather, lack of.

I’m not sure I ever realised how expensive children are. Even when they start school there’s always a non-uniform day to pay for, after school activities, the crazy amount of school shoes we seem to go through thanks to football and puddle jumping in the playground!

We don’t argue very often, but when we do most of our arguments in our marriage stem from money-related issues.

Shepherds Friendly have just carried out research which shows that money can make or break a relationship (and before anyone starts worrying while reading this – I’m more than confident that our marriage solid!).

The survey was partnered with psychologist and relationship expert, Dr Becky Spelman to find out more about the power money can hold over a relationship.

In the survey, Shepherds Friendly asked a few taboo questions, such as whether you would break up with your partner if they became bankrupt. And the one that interested me – who should pay on date night? (Nick generally pays if we go for dinner, unless it’s his birthday and I obviously treat him… or if I’ve had a big contract come in!)

They also factored gender and age group into the survey – with some fascinating results. Dr Becky Spelman then analysed the data and explained what the results could mean. She has shared some great relationship advice in the infographic below:

What do you think? Who should pay on a date night? Do you save money (is it even possible in this financial climate)? Do you share your salary details with your partner? I think it’s imperative to know roughly what each other earns so you can plan for the long term.

You can find more of the research here on the Shepherds Friendly resources centre page.

Hannah

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