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Do Opposites Attract When It Comes to Spending Habits?

This question comes from reader Lauren in our How Do You Save? group.

I read a very interesting article on Get Rich Slowly today. The article is about a study where they found people are attracted to mates who have opposite ideas toward saving and spending money, so penny pinchers are attracted to spenders and vice versa.

I have thought of several couples, myself included and pretty much this statement holds true. I have been married for eight months and my husband is much more thrifty than myself since we have been married, I have definitely become less of a spender and realize the value of saving. He spends more than he used to but still saves. So I feel that although we are opposites, we have learned from each other.

I was just wondering, are you and your significant other also the opposite with regard to money?

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mek123 mek123 7 years
Count us the same...we both save quite a bit but when we spend, we have different priorities.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
We're on the same page when it comes to spending/saving, but we have differences in what we feel we should spend money on sometimes. Overall, we're pretty much in sync, though.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Same here -- hubbie and I are on the same page when it comes to spending.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I'm like the ladies above. We are very similar in our spending/saving habits.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
I'm with skigurl -- hubs and and I very similar views on saving and spending. We've also been very open in talking about money with each other from the get-go in our relationship. I'm really glad I knew in advance what kind of financial situation awaited me before we got married.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
we are very much in's awesome he does periodically spend money on stuff that boggles my mind but then again, i'm sure he thinks the amount of money i spend on clothes sometimes is ridiculous too but that's just another part of our "similarity"...overall we have the spend attitudes toward spending and saving
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