The factors that help one relationship grow may be different from what makes another relationship last. What works for one couple may not work for another. This is mostly due to the differences in personalities and interests, and the combination of two people that make up a relationship. Every pairing is unique, but one thing’s the same: you need to be on the same page. Especially when it comes to spending money.

Take a look at how shopping can make or break a relationship:

Buying Seasonal Items

There are purchases you can justify because you will use them all year, such as a new laptop for work or new shoes you can wear every day. When it comes to buying seasonal items, such as an Obermeyer men’s ski jacket or a Gucci women’s fur coat, you both need to prioritize the quality of the item over its price. In the long run, this translates to savings, and no one in the relationship will feel like they had to buy something cheaper just to accommodate their partner’s more expensive purchase.

Being on the same page means you both understand that a high price tag is not always the best purchase, but at the same time, you won’t discourage each other from buying name brands that are known for high-quality products that will last years.

Buying Conscientiously

If one is passionate about saving the environment, their partner should be aware of how this affects their shopping options to avoid disagreements and fights. A dedicated consumer of fast fashion and an eco-conscious shopper will certainly make an odd pair. It’s not impossible to make the relationship work, but the relationship should also help you become a better person. If that means being more aware of how your purchases were created and switching to eco-friendly brands, you’re not only getting brownie points for being considerate of your partner; you’re also helping raise awareness about the earth’s problem with non-recyclable trash.

happy couple staring in each other's eyes

Buying Gifts for Each Other

Relationships celebrate milestones and special occasions. There are birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays to consider. The general mood during these occasions is light and loving, but that might not be the case if gift-giving has turned into a competition between you and your partner. One of the things you two should be on the same page about is the price you’re allowed to spend on each other. Some couples talk about it and set a budget for themselves. If that’s not how you and your partner do things, you’ll want to be more cautious when it comes to spending. Take cues from the kinds of gifts you’ve received from them and adjust your spending on future gifts. No one wants to feel like their cheaper but more thoughtful gift did not get appreciated just because you spent more to show your love.

Buying as a Way to Bond

Shopping is an activity that can either bring couples together or divide them. That depends on your attitude towards the activity. If your partner loves to shop, you should not look at it as a chore and hurt their feelings. Be supportive of their shopping time, and pair it with a romantic dinner to end the day on a good note. Be open when you need their help in buying something instead of going on a secretive shopping spree all by yourself.

At the end of the day, shopping is an activity that you and your partner can do together. Just like watching a movie or going on a date, it’s a way to get to know each other and strengthen the relationship.