DURBAN – Ah, love and money. The two most popular topics for musicians, poets, scriptwriters and therapists alike.
A few people spend money as quickly as someone courting a new love, or a couple deep in the midst of wedding planning. But fast forward a bit and we find that money-related issues are capable of breaking down more marriages than they build.
This Valentine’s Day, as you try to figure out whose turn it is to pay for the bill and how much to tip your waitron, consider this:
- A US survey by Ramsey Solutions found that money is not only the top issue that married couples fight about, it is also the second leading cause of divorce (the first being infidelity).
- A study by Fidelity Investments found that half of the couples surveyed differed on how much money they should have saved by the time they reached retirement in order to maintain their lifestyle.