Five Money Problems Couples Shouldn't Fight Over

Money is often an issue that causes conflict in a relationship. The reality is that arguments over money might actually represent large issues of control, trust and priorities. Discussions and differences over money can be inevitable, but there are certain subjects that should not necessarily be debated by couples when it comes to money. Here are five types of money problems over which couples shouldn't fight.

Job loss

When someone is laid off, this can be a frustrating experience for both people, since a layoff represents lost income and uncertainty. However, fighting about the layoff might not be productive, since it could be beyond the control of the individual who was let go. It might well be more productive to focus energy on how to deal with the next steps that need to be taken.

Past purchases

Couples buy things all the time, either together or separately. When a person comes home with something not welcome to the other person, it can cause a fight that leads to a discussion of communication. However, it is typically unhelpful to keep bringing up a past purchase unless purchases of this type turn into a pattern that must be addressed.

Shared expenses

Expenses are often shared by couples, and they can include the cost of housing, food and utilities. Though some of these bills can be high, it might not be helpful for couples to argue about shared expenses, particularly if there is no way to delineate which person spends more. If one individual is the sole cause of an event, there could be reason for conflict. However, frustration over shared bills should not necessarily be directed at one person.

Financial surprises

Life is unpredictable, and sometimes expenses come along that were not predicted by either person. Fights can occur simply because either person is frustrated that he or she has to deal with the bill. When it isn't either person's fault, causing a fight doesn't help the situation. Each person should make it clear that he or she isn't upset at the other individual.

Money on vacation

Couples might save for a vacation and enjoy time away from the daily routine. Hopefully, they can avoid fighting about money while on vacation. These getaways can be expensive, but couples should plan ahead so that they can anticipate the expenses and avoid petty arguments about various costs that accompany this type of entertainment.

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