The stress from trying to make ends meet, often leads to a fight, and can even lead to divorce.
"It's that kind of hidden thing, sneaking around and spending," says Dr. Karl Wendt of the Mt. Hope Christian Counseling Center. "'We've got a budget, but I'm gonna hide money over here.'" That really rips a marriage apart."
Part I - The rules for love and money
No matter how you view it money affects our daily lives - where we live and what we do - and that means it can be a source of controversy especially for couples.
A recent study commissioned by Divorce 360 shows abuse is the number one reason for divorce.
That's followed closely by money in second, and sex in third.Learn how to diffuse financial fighting, before it causes a breakup
Part II - Financial freedom means taking control of money, before it controls you
David and Whitney Scott faced a mountain of debt - $50,000.
The couple tackled the financial challenge to their marriage and paid off their debt.
Then they saved for a vacation to Europe, a trip they remember fondly because they didn't owe on it when they returned.
But that was before having children, so now they're saving for college and weddings.See how the Scott's followed the budgeting strategy of financial guru, Dave Ramsey
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By LISA OLLIGES