Experts share what to do when couples like Ben and Candy Carson disagree on an expensive purchase - like a $31,000 table.
Treat yourself at your own risk when you’re in a relationship.
Money is one of the most common things that couples fight about, particularly when one partner splurges or goes over budget without consulting the other. In fact, a survey of 500 divorced men and women by credit card comparison site MagnifyMoney found that 30% blamed overspending as the most common money problem in their failed marriages. And a 2015 Money poll found that one-third of Baby Boomers and 45% of Millennials said the biggest cause of conflict in their relationship was “overspending on frivolous purchases.”
Look no further than Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who has been in the hot seat for a $31,000 table reportedly acquired by his office using taxpayer funds. He passed the buck onto his wife Candy this week, telling a House subcommittee that he asked her to “help choose something … The next thing that I, quite frankly, heard about it was that this $31,000 table had been bought.