SAN FRANCISCO (6/10/14)--Betrothed couples talk about everything from the style of house they'd like to live in to names of future children, but conversations about finances sometimes get left by the wayside.
A new survey from Experian finds that credit scores are the No. 1 financial topic couples don't discuss before tying the knot. Even though roughly 75% of engaged couples talk about spending habits and student loan debt, only 43% talk about credit scores (MarketWatch.com June 2).
One of 10 couples don't talk about credit scores even after they've wed. Whether you're embarrassed about being a shopaholic or the topic just hasn't come up yet, it's important to share credit score information before settling down:
According to the Experian study, married couples say that financial responsibility means more (95%) than physical attractiveness (86%). That alone should be good reason for mutual honesty about credit and other financial matters.
For related information, read "Clean Up Your Credit Report" and the Turning Point "Put Your Financial House in Order before You Tie the Knot" in the Home &Family Finance Resource Center.