Yahoo Finance asked a handful of women in their 20s and 30s to tell us their biggest financial deal breakers — the money habits that can make or break a potential relationship. Of course, this is far from a scientific study and these answers are based on the specific personal preferences of the women we spoke to.
Not paying on a first date
The rule-of-thumb is simple: Whoever is the one asking the other person out has to pay for the first date. All but one of the women we spoke with agreed on this point. In a recent study by NerdWallet, more than three-quarters of women agreed that men should pay on a first date.
Too much debt
Bad spending habits and excessive debt were two of the most common complaints we heard, which isn't surprising considering that of couples who argue about money, nearly a quarter said in a survey that their fights typically revolved around spending habits.
Our interviewees did cut smart borrowers some slack. It’s hard to expect a college graduate not to carry some student debt, after all. Most of the women agreed credit card debt was a major turn-off.
A low credit score
It’s hard to blame anyone — man or woman — for sizing up a potential mate based on his or her credit score. Once you take the leap and get married, your spouse’s credit score can greatly impact your chances of qualifying for a mortgage or even a car loan. Nearly half of Americans said bad credit is a red flag, Country Financial found. What the ladies we interviewed couldn’t agree on was when it was appropriate to ask about a potential mate’s credit score. It’s not exactly first date material but you should find out at some point, right? Each couple is different, but it's good to find out where your partner stands financially at least before you take a big step like moving in together or getting engaged.
When he's not OK with a woman who earns more
Men earn more on average than women, a trend that has persisted for decades despite women’s growing presence in the workforce. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for women who defy this stereotype and earn more than their partner. If a man feels threatened by the fact that a woman earns more, it could be a huge turnoff.
For more financial deal breakers, check out our video above. And stay tuned — we will be posting another video with insights from men on their financial deal breakers soon!
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