When it comes to money, opposites should not attract, reports The New York Times. But research shows that spendthrifts and tightwads often wind up together, which can lead to unhappy marriages.
Explains the Times:
It appears that people are aware of this potential for conflict. In another set of surveys, the authors asked unmarried people about their ideal mates. The answers generally described a spouse who would be identical to them on consumption concerns: the more these unmarried survey respondents said they disliked spending money, the more they thought their soul mates should also dislike spending money, and vice versa.
“It turns out they’re right: They would be happiest with themselves,” says (Scott I. Rick, a University of Michigan marketing professor who is a co-author of the study). “But for whatever reason, they are not able to or motivated to act on it when they get into the field, so to speak.”
What I wonder about: does a recession bring spendthrifts more in line with their tightwad partners, or does the rift actually to worsen?