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By the U of A Cooperative Extension ServiceFast facts
LITTLE ROCK – When it comes to tying the knot, couples need to be sure that love and
money can mix.
According to a survey by the National Endowment for Financial Education and YourTango.com:
69 percent of Americans say they spend more money while in a relationship versus when
they are single.
For couples, who spends how much and on what can often be a major stressor in a young
relationship, said Laura Connerly, assistant professor for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, who specializes in financial education.
“It’s a good idea for couples to be on the same page with their money values,” she
said. “Couples spend more money on entertainment, travel, gifts, and grooming/personal
According to the NEFE/YourTango.com survey, nearly 30 percent of respondents spent
at least $100 a month on expenses related to the relationship compared to when they
were not in a relationship.
“This might sound good but it can lead to trouble in paradise,” Connerly said. “Do
you love it that he spends extravagantly for special dates? Do you worry that he’s
running up his credit card bill? Does it make you feel adored that she buys little
gifts for you every week? Would you feel better if she used extra income to pay off
Before couples co-mingle finances, they should ask themselves and each other some
key questions, including:
“Differing values aren’t the kiss of death for a relationship but you should become
aware and take steps to compromise,” Connerly said. “With compassion and smart money
management skills you can build a solid financial plan together.”
Learn more and take NEFE’s Life Values quiz at Smart about Money: http://www.smartaboutmoney.org/Tools-Resources/LifeValues-Quiz.aspx
Whether newlyweds or a long-established couple, the Financial Smart Start for Newlyweds
fact sheet series can help you find ways to eliminate money stress. The fact sheets
are available at: http://www.uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/personal-finance/life-stages-events/couples.aspx.
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