Money is a feminist issue — and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 Millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day. Bustle's Get Money series gets real about what Millennial women are doing with their money, and why — because managing your finances should feel empowering, not intimidating.
There are lots of different struggles relationships can face and a lot of methods to cope with relationship stress, but one issue seems to come up over and over again. According to a new survey of 5,000 people by UK couples counseling centers Relate, Relationships Scotland, and Marriage Care, there is one topic that stresses couples out more than any other — and that's money. Over one-quarter of respondents said that it was their main source of relationship stress. But still, I find that it's one of the topics my friends are the least comfortable speaking about with their partners.
"Talking about money can also be a challenge because it’s symbolic of so much more," Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest and author of the New York Times Bestseller, Financially Fearless, tells Bustle. "Rather than just being about dollars and cents, an honest money chat is a much more intimate reveal of beliefs and values, expressed through how you spend. The discussion can and should eventually lead to your biggest dreams, hopes, and fears, so young couples can feel vulnerable when discussing those topics with each other —especially if it’s the first time they’ve broached them in a romantic relationship."