IĀ  am really bothered by the results of a recent poll of engaged couples on theĀ  website of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. The pollĀ  reveals that 68 percent of respondents held negative attitudes towardĀ  discussing money with their fiance. Five percent indicated that talkingĀ  about money with their fiance would cause them to call off the wedding.Ā  Well, guess what? If you canā€™t talk about your finances with yourĀ  fiance, you should call off the wedding!

Iā€™veĀ  said this before, and Iā€™ll keep saying it until theĀ  message gets through: You can talk about money before you getĀ  marriedā€”or you can fight over it through the divorce. Court records showĀ  that financial issues remain one of the main contributing factors, ifĀ  not the outright cause, of the conflicts that result in 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce. If the inability to have the money talk causes you toĀ  delay, or even cancel, the wedding, good. Better a cancelled weddingĀ  than a devastating divorce. I speak not just as a money expert, but fromĀ  personal experience when I say that the latter is far more costlyā€”andĀ  more painful.

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