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Are you and your spouse aligned when it comes to spending?

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On average men said they'd spend $1,231 before talking to their spouse first, but women said they wouldn't spend more than $396. (Source: CNN) On average men said they'd spend $1,231 before talking to their spouse first, but women said they wouldn't spend more than $396. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - It is one of the top things many couples disagree about – money. And it may come as no surprise that according to a new study, spouses don't see eye to eye about budgeting. But just how far apart are they?

The study asked spouses one question: how much is appropriate to spend on a big ticket purchase without telling your spouse?

The study found that there's a huge divide in this answer. Men gave a dollar figure about three times the amount that women gave.

On average men said they'd spend $1,231 before talking to their spouse first, but women said they wouldn't spend more than $396.

That is a big difference in mindset and, researchers say it could explain why money is such a flash point in so many marriages.

A study by Utah State University last year found that fights over money are the top predictor of divorce.

So perhaps the big takeaway from this study that it's important for couples to have good spending communication and at the most basic level to be honest about what they spend.

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