Prof,I think the answer lies in understanding that no dollar we earn or have use of is trivial. The value of money is a combination of the value of one's individual (and I might add finite) time and effort. Decisions about how to save, invest, and spend money reflect some of the most fundamental things about us as individuals. When one party in a joint decision feels threatened or encroached upon, there's bound to be a defensive battle.For some, there are no limits on the time and effort they expend to save a dollar or $2 or $10. For others, their effort for the same amount of time and effort cannot be bought for $100.The choice between the two, the choice of any point in between, or the refusal to make an informed choice is more closely tied to our own conception of our identity than nearly any other choice we can possibly make as individuals, and, by extension, as a couple.Understanding that discussions about money are rarely about money is the first step in having constructive communication between the parties concerned.My $0.02.--Gabrielle
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