Quiz: How much will a hundred dollars be worth if I put it in the bank for twenty years and it grows at its current interest rate?
Answer: Enough to keep the Hallmark channel on our TV package for at least a few months.
I'll admit, I’m not great with money. My better half will tell you that it’s not that I spend too much or too little of it. I’m just not a great long-term planner. And truthfully, I’d rather get a root canal than do math for fun.
The good news: I don’t manage any accounts at your local bank.
I've counseled couples through this very issue though, and heard some crazy stories in my day. I'll pass along lessons I've learned to those of you working to keep your marriage together with more than a little duct tape and Gorilla Glue.
Here are five money decisions that ruin marriage:
I'm addicted to HGTV. It's not because I pay particularly close attention to the design elements in their shows. I forget about those after ten minutes or so. Sadly, I don't remember many of the construction tips either. I appreciate the channel because it's one of the few that I can turn on to hear adult voices throughout my day with little ones. I don't have to worry about curse words, naked folk, or dismal news stories catching my kids' attention while I'm distracted with housework.
Are you cringing yet? I said the word, "money". Yep, right there in the title. We're going there. We're going there because I've worried about how much I've had or how little I've had and even how much other people would "assume" I had. My worry eventually got even more worried and I began to sniff out judgement before it even arrived on my doorstep. We're going there because I'd bet this very house I'm sitting in that money sometimes bothers you too.
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.