What’s your couple type?

by Kristina on July 9, 2014 · 10 comments

what's your couple type

This past week I went to a barbeque at my friends house and I met three very different couples.  I don’t know why I go to backyard barbeques because I’m a vegetarian, but that’s a whole other story.  One couple was lovey-dovey, one was DIY and the other was very submissive.  Although I would never have the courage to ask, but as a financial planner I made my own conclusions, I wondered if these couples managed their money the same way they handled their relationship.

The lovey-dovey couple who does everything together.  During the three hours I spent with this couple they never left each other’s side.  I mean never.  They sat together, ate together and engaged in the exact same conversations.  Neither one of the people in this couple could live or breathe without the other and I imagined they managed their money the same way.

This is the type of couple who goes to the grocery store together, buys birthday gifts together and plans their vacations together sitting at their computer or on a three way call with the travel agent.  They probably don’t make any financial decisions without consulting the other.  I think it’s a great idea for couples to talk about their money, however I don’t agree when one half of a couple can’t make an actual decision (financial or life) without the other.  I mean where’s the independence in that?

The DIY couple who are completely independent of each other.  This couple is the exact opposite of the first couple I met.  This couple had been dating for ten years.  They met in their last year of college and have been together ever since, they married three years ago.  Both people in this couple are very independent.  They realize they are their own individual people who just happen to be in a relationship.

This couple probably keeps their money separately and splits all expenses 50/50.  I have seen this type of couple several times in my career.  They live their own lives and meet up at home in the evenings.  This type of couple usually also comes to their bank appointment separately.  I had a couple like this when I was working in a bank branch as a financial planner.  I worked at the same bank branch for three years and during that time I never met the couple together.  I only knew they were married because both their names were on their joint accounts.  Although it took me a good two months to put the pieces together.

The submissive couple where one person is clearly dominant.  This kind of couple personally drives me crazy – in life and when it comes to money.  This is the type of couple where one person is always dominate and usually controls everything from the household operations to the family finances.  I actually don’t believe in one person always compromising in a relationship – but that’s just me.

Call me crazy but I think both people in a couple should have their say then they can come to a mutual agreement.  I don’t know if I would be happy in a relationship where I didn’t have my own money and where I was always told what to do and how I could spend my money.

What’s your couple type?

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1 brock @cleverdude.com July 9, 2014 at 6:33 am

My wife and I are definitely the “lovey Dovey couple who do everything together.” Well, not exactly everything….we each of our own time as well, but we definitely spend the majority of our free time with each other. she’s my best friend, why wouldn’t we?

2 Annie July 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

My husband and I too would be the lovey-dovey couple. We work together, carpool together, go just about everywhere together. Sometimes we do need a break from each other, which usually happens when he goes alone to one of the six parties/dinners his family has monthly. I go to as many of these as I can handle but six is way too many for someone who comes from a not so close/social family (but that is a whole other subject). When it comes to our finances though I primarily take care of them, I’ve always had an interest in the economy and finances. He on the other hand just enjoys knowing that the bills are paid and that when he wants something the money is there.

3 Kristina July 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm

@Brock – that’s so cute. You guys are lucky to have each other.

@Annie – AMEN! Six dinners is A LOT of time for one family (or any group of people for that matter) to spend together.

4 Lisa E. @ Lisa vs. the Loans July 10, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Right now, the BF and I are pretty independent, and I like it that way! However, we do check in with each other, so it’s not like we don’t know what’s happening with the finances of the other. We like to keep each other accountable, and we’re pretty open about everything!

5 Slinky July 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Ha! We completely screw up your predictions. My husband and I look like a lovey dovey couple at backyard BBQs, but we manage money more in the DIY style. Although not to the point you described in your example. Big purchases/decisions and long term planning are all done jointly, so we go to bank meetings together like normal people. :)

6 Cynthia March 15, 2015 at 7:43 pm

We are a mix between the lovey-dovey and the DIY couple, in both regular life and in finances. He’s my best friend and we adore each other. We spend a lot of time together and have some joint accounts. We also have some individual accounts. He enjoys being able to buy me little gifts without it showing up in our joint account. We get some alone time, but spend a lot of time together. It works well for us.

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