Happiness And How Couples Spend
North American Precis Syndicate
For many couples, spending limits are the secret to happier holidays. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Quicken, maker of the best-selling personal finance software
in the U.S., recently surveyed over 1,000 married adults to get a picture of
their spending habits over the holidays—and to find out if spending
impacts their relationship happiness.
Do you spend what I spend?
The majority of couples (nearly 70 percent) say they agree on holiday
spending levels. Some observations about those who set (or didn’t set)
Spending limits and happiness go
hand in hand
People who discuss and agree on holiday spending report being happier with
the amount their spouse spends on them.
For those who agree on limits, 78 percent are happy with how much their
spouse spends. That number drops when couples don’t agree on holiday
spending limits; 63 percent of those who don’t set a limit say they’re
happy with the amount spent on them.
People who did not set spending limits are twice as likely to wish their
spouse had spent more on them (24 percent) than those who did (10 percent).
Setting limits is one thing—telling
the truth is another
Nearly half (47 percent) of the people who said they set a limit have
deceived their spouse about how much they spent on gifts.
The vast majority of those white lies were told by people who spent more
than the stated limit on a gift for their love: Eighty-one percent said they
spent more on their spouse than they agreed to.
Putting the “me” in
If you splurged on something for yourself while you were shopping for
others, don’t feel bad: Nearly a third (28 percent) of people say they
spend more on themselves during the holiday season than they do on their
Making a list and checking it twice
may not be enough
One in five have forgotten completely to get a holiday gift for their
spouse. Turns out, forgetting a gift takes a big toll on relationship
satisfaction. Those who have forgotten a gift report a 18.5 percent dip in
relationship satisfaction from those who never have.
So, this holiday season, consider talking to your spouse about holiday
spending plans, checking your list twice, and perhaps grabbing a gift for
yourself while you’re at it.
For further facts and tips on family finances, go to www.quicken.com.
“For many couples, a recent
survey discovered, spending limits on presents are the secret to happier
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