Money Talks. At Least to Lovers

"Perhaps it's just more enjoyable at first, kind of a breath of fresh air," Rick suggested. "But then they have an array of financial decisions that have to be hammered out, and maybe it's not so much fun anymore."

As so many studies have shown, money, or especially the lack of it, can be devastating to a marriage. But people can change, at least somewhat.

Rick said newlyweds seem to be the most different when it comes to attitudes toward money, "but the differences get somewhat attenuated over time." Maybe they grow more mellow, work out some of their differences, or get divorced and drop out of the sample, he added.

Little Research on Whether Love of Money Drives Search for Opposite

Despite the fact that there is a huge amount of research showing that people generally tend to find mates with whom they have a lot in common, there is very little research into the question of whether the love of money compels someone to pick an opposite. So much more research needs to be completed.

At least Rick will have a chance now to see in real time if his conclusions hold up. He's only been married a couple of months, and he admits he's a bit of a spendthrift. He stops short of calling his new bride a tightwad.

"She's just a little tight," he said. "I leave lights on, and she goes around and turns them off."

Not exactly grounds for divorce.

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