An interesting observation (albeit non-scientific) I've made over the years, is that opposites really do attract. It seems that in many, if not most, marriages there is one relatively frugal person and one person that, well, likes to spend a little more freely. It is not a male/female thing, but seems to be evenly dispersed with maybe a slight lean to females being the more frugal ones. I guess this is the way the good Lord takes care of us. Consider the other combinations:
- Frugal + Frugal: This would be an awesome wealth building machine. Taken to the extreme this would not be good for the economy. In a world made up of people like me, there would be little spending on consumer goods. There would be no upgrading of houses, cars, appliances, etc. Eventually, the economy would grind to a standstill.
- Spender + Spender: It doesn't take long to see where this one is going. Can you say 'bankruptcy'? Like Frugal + Frugal, taken to the extreme this too would not be good for the economy. If everyone spends themselves into bankruptcy then retires with nothing, our financial system would collapse trying to care for the broke retirees. Also, if you are bankrupt, you can't spend so once again the economy would grind to a standstill.