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How 3 Newly Married Couples Tackle Double Student Loan Debt

“One of our earliest arguments while dating was about my student loans.”

As the cost of college tuition continues to rise across the country, newly married couples are confronting tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. And with debt can also come a significant amount of stress, which only adds to the challenges that newlyweds face.

According to a 2013 study by a University of North Carolina assistant professor of economics and Jeffrey Thompson, a principal economist for the Federal Reserve System, a minimum of $10,000 in student loan debt is linked to couples being denied credit and filing for bankruptcy. And clearly, financial distress can cause strain on relationships—in fact, a 2015 study revealed that money issues were the leading cause of stress in relationships in the United States.

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How 3 Couples With Completely Separate Finances Make It Work

Desserts are for sharing—bank accounts? Not so much

Traditionally, married couples are expected to merge their finances after saying “I do.” But that tradition is becoming more and more outdated. In a 2014 U.S. survey of 1,000 married couples and co-habitating partners conducted by TD Bank, 42 percent them had both joint and separate bank accounts.

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Why A Woman Should Definitely Pay On The First Date

More than one guy has said to me, “Well, that’s weird”

Gold digger. Superficial. Money-grubbing. Those are just a few of the negative stereotypes about people—particularly women—if the topic of finances (and pointed questions about resources) comes up too early in a potential relationship. Money is one of those no-no subjects we’re supposed to avoid, to get to “really” know someone.

Evidence of how unusual is it for a lady to pay? We could only find one stock image of a woman footing the bill.

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