Till Debt Do Us Part: One Spouse’s Frugal Habits Strains Relationship
A Reddit user shares that her spouse refuses to be frugal. Whether it’s from a can, packaged food, or anything with an expiration, her spouse does not want it. Instead, he prefers his food to be fresh, organic, and without preservatives, which can be heavy on someone’s wallet.
Her Spouse Thinks They Are “Better Than That”
The original poster (OP) and her husband have different views on money. The OP says she grew up poor and values every penny. So, she always looks for a bargain, visiting estate sales, garage sales, and Goodwill. However, her significant other claims they are “better than that,” and the things she buys are “junk.”
They can’t even shop at the grocery store without getting into a heated argument over eggs because the OP wants to use a coupon to save money.
Their differences are now causing her to resent her husband and question if it can work out.
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Can This Relationship Work Out?
Many Reddit users empathize with the OP and admit there isn’t any easy answer. One user says she can’t change her husband. Instead, the change needs to come from him. And, if she tries to force him to change, that will only damage their relationship.
Other Reddit users recommend they have separate accounts and divide their money. This strategy will allow them to live on their budget and reveal how much their lifestyle costs.
Another user shared that they went through a similar situation with their partner, who was used to living and spending large but didn’t work to stick to their budget. After setting boundaries, their partner couldn’t stick to the budget, and they split up.
Can the OP and her husband ever come to a common understanding regarding money? Can she change the way he thinks about being frugal? Is being frugal even a realistic lifestyle?
This article was produced and syndicated by Parent Portfolio.
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