It’s no secret that money can cause friction in marriage. In fact, many husbands and wives essentially manage finances separately, just to avoid that friction! And while doing that can be tempting (and I mean really tempting!), our Thriving in Love & Money research shows that handling money independently breaks the very trust that binds us together as husband and wife. (For more on this, see part 1 and part 2 of this blog series about “unity busters,” the pesky financial habits that undermine marriage).
But here is the good news—just as there are negative money behaviors that prevent unity, there are also positive financial practices that promote greater intimacy in marriage.
Here are a few: