Do you think finances impact on your relationship at all? If so how much do you think your financial situation affects it? A lot? Not much? Or maybe it is something that hasn’t cropped up for you yet.
When I was with Olivia’s dad, we were both on similar wages, he was full time at a major supermarket and myself, I was working a full time and 2 part time jobs of an evening. He still lived at home whilst I was living in a 3 bedroom maisonette over one of the shops I worked in back then. Eventually, it became our home and it was where we lived when we had Olivia.
By the end of our relationship, we had joint finances and it’s safe to say it was a little bit tricky to untwine when we did split up. I’m not sure I would go to this again should the situation arise with someone new. Especially as I have Olivia to think about now.
Shepherds Friendly Society recently conducted a survey with psychologist and relationship expert Dr Becky Spelman to see exactly how much money affects peoples relationships and the power it has over them.
The results were quite interesting to see especially as it covered some topics I have never even considered.
Whilst I never considered earnings to be important when pursuing a relationship, 22.4% of men and 31.4% of women surveyed would consider this important. However, it was interesting to read that whilst 21.4% of men and 31.4% of women agree individuals are not responsible for their partner’s debt 11% of men and 10.4% of women would end the relationship if their partner was declared bankrupt.
Do those figures ring true for you? I’m not sure I would end a relationship over bankruptcy but it would make me want to keep all my finances separate.
All the data from the survey has been compiled into the infographic below so you can get an insight into how others view financial security in a relationship and exactly who they think should pay on a first date! (50/50 for me personally)
*disclaimer: a collaborative post*