Debt and money troubles are among the biggest causes of relationship stress.
In the short animations that follow, you will hear real couples telling their stories of being in debt, the impact this had on their relationships, and the steps they took to get things back on track.
Debt and money troubles are among the biggest causes of relationship stress. Being in debt can lead to all kinds of related stress, like taking on extra work, spending less, and avoiding socialising until you’re back on top of things. These stresses can get in the way of your everyday life, leading to moodiness, secrecy, and arguments.
If you’re worried about debt, watch these stories to see why you should act as soon as possible – not just by taking steps to resolve the debt itself, but by talking to your partner about whatever you’re dealing with.
The stories explore some of the different ways you might find yourself in debt – losing a job, having a baby, borrowing too much, or just having more fun than you can afford – and why it’s always a good idea to talk to your partner.
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