How Women and Men Are Different When It Comes to Money

iVillager Jan says it's a "great topic to start a third world war over ..." and it did spark some heavy-duty debates.

"We Are Individuals"

Many of you claimed that, "It's not gender, it's your personality and upbringing." iVillager kelli sums up that argument:

"This is most definitely an issue that goes beyond gender and up-bringing. I know both women and men who mismanage money . . . A person is a person, not a gender. We are individuals."

Shannoneve adds, "The differences are mostly in how you were raised, (but) I guess your money role models tend be the same gender as you."

Kathleen chimed in with, "I don't think it has to do with being men or women. I do think, though, that boys, when they are young, are encouraged more in the mathematics area (at least that was true in my elementary school). I know that I get intimidated by accounting, etc., for no reason! I got lost in math when I was about 8 years old and I never caught up. Yet, paradoxically, I am quite good with my own money."

Women More Practical?

Our second-largest camp consisted of women who felt that, as JB says, "generally speaking men spend money on the things they want first, and women spend money on the things they need first."

Kris gave us this example from her own life: "He spends money on all his hunting 'necessities' and tells me to limit how much we spend on groceries to save money."

When the Money Is His...

We also heard from many women who do not contribute income, but manage the family finances.

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