Mrs. H would often talk about her glorious job of working at a convenience store (fancy name for a gas station). Who wants to admit they work at a gas station? Convenience store just sounds more classy... Anyways, she wore multiple hats but was primarily the cashier. It is not the most desirable job. But Mrs. H worked hard and saved most all of her money for college. Before entering her freshmen year, she had saved approximately $10k.
I remember one day we were on one of our usual walks. On this specific occasion, we were casually walking through the local mall. People watching. Storytelling. Window shopping. The mall was always a nice and comfortable environment to escape any adverse weather.
We strolled into a shoe store that sold discounted shoes. Mrs. H had been looking for a bargain for quite some time. She found a nice pair of Converse sneakers. The price seamed very reasonable at $29.99. She tried them on and they fit perfectly. I was very complimentary of how the shoes were a perfect match for her. To her, everything was perfect except for the price. With a slight frown on her face, she debated the value of the shoes vs the effort it required to save. In the end, frugality won. She figured she could find a pair for $20 or less. The shoes went back on the shelf.
I was a little shocked. We had been dating for a little while and I knew she had a lot of money saved up. I didn't realize she was so frugal. Why quibble over paying an extra $10 for a pair of shoes that you like? But then I realized that is exactly how I thought. This simple experience helped me realize that at least on financial matters, we shared similar philosophies.
As I am writing this, I can't even remember one time we have argued over money in the past 7 years. I know we have had at least one argument, but I can't recall any specific example. Purely amazing! Too many divorces are the result miscommunication and poor money management. Having perfect harmony in financial matters makes all of the difference. Mrs. H has always been a consistent and hard working partner. The right partner will help you make it to financial heaven.