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1 in 10 say they are being financially bullied by a spouse or partner

Nov. 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM ET

Video: TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky and relationship therapist Argie Allen present some advice on what to do when you feel like your significant other is pressuring you financially.

It's common for spouses or romantic partners to disagree occasionally about finances, but a new survey finds that some people are feeling downright bullied over money.

The survey of about 1,000 people who are married or currently living with a partner found that 10 percent said their spouse or partner is a financial bully to them. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the website Credit Karma.

Among the common complaints: A spouse or partner makes the person feel guilty about shopping habits, limits monthly spending or makes the person show receipts for all purchases.

Experts say the key to creating more healthy financial habits with your spouse or partner is good communication over how much each is spending, and why.

“You’ve got to sit down with your partner and look at what’s reasonable,” TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky said.





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