When James and I were still newlyweds, our financial advisor only half jokingly said that we should go on tour to talk with young 20-somethings about money. She was impressed that we had some good money sense in our heads and a good financial plan well on its way.
As the years have gone by, that comment comes back to me now and then. It's true that James and I have always had, and still have, a good money plan. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that it's really because not only are we both of the most optimal money personality (savers, who still allow for wise spending/splurging on quality now and then) but that when we married each other, because we are the same money personality, there was not going to be any friction between us when it came to finances.
I'm not sure if the stat is the same now, but for a long time money problems were the number one cause of divorce. That doesn't mean just those who have to budget every penny because of tight finances, it mainly means that the husband and wife have two completely different ideas of how the household money should be handled. The amazing thing for James and I is that we've never had one disagreement when it comes to money. We are always 100% on board with each other. I think that if you presented any money scenario to us and had us solve the problem apart, our plans would be identical when you compare them.
So because of our secret love of math and numbers, there we were last night, running and crunching numbers and creating graphs and charts and actually enjoying it. But that's just us.