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Rules of Engagement: How to NOT Fight with Your Fiancé About Money

Dear Carrie,

My boyfriend and I just got engaged. While we agree on most things, we seem to have a lot of differences when it comes to handling money and have had several arguments about it. How can we keep this from becoming an ongoing problem?

—A Reader

Dear Reader,

"How to avoid fighting about money" should be a required class for every couple. No matter how close you are, money differences have a way of creeping into—and causing problems in—the best of relationships. While there's no lack of studies on money problems as a major cause of disagreement and conflict, the reasons for those problems can be as varied as the couples themselves.

But while the particular reasons you and your fiancé argue about money may be unique to the two of you, there are some common ground rules that any couple can use to help work out their differences and develop mutual trust.

5 ways to keep a money problem from getting out of hand

Ready to duke it out? Take a deep breath and do the following instead:

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