Who really knows what people want in a partner these days? They must be adventurous, but not too dangerous; responsible, yet go with the flow; love animals without creeping over into crazy cat lady territory; and a seemingly impossible mix of attention and space. Add in financial responsibility, and it seems we’re all destined for a life of solitude.
Probability of a perfect match is greater when partners have the same long-term goals, both personally and financially. And research suggests those without a handle on their monetary struggles are red flags. These are the biggest money problems most likely to ruin your chance for love.
1. An embarrassing credit score
- 69% of people value financial responsibility above all other traits, according to one survey.
Discover and Match Media Group — the brains behind online dating sites, such as Match.com, OKCupid, and Tinder — found a person’s credit history is extremely important in their next relationship. In fact, 69% of those surveyed value financial responsibility over all other soulmate priorities. And a good credit score can override a lackluster sense of humor, uninspiring levels of ambition, and attractiveness. A bad one will do the opposite.
Next: The real deal on debt and its effect on your love life