Would You Marry for Money?

Been There, Done That

While marrying a man for money does indeed have its rewards, most iVillagers who have been down that road wouldn't go back, except those who were lucky to find love along the way.

iVillager sdchap once had a relationship with a man who showered her with gifts -- a car, diamonds, clothes, shoes, you name it. "It was great while I had it," she says, "but the one thing I didn't have that I really wanted was someone who loved me and whom I loved in return."

When iVillager macant was married, she was looking for love, too. "I married for what I thought was love," she says. "When the love was gone and we had money, I wasn't happy living like that, so I left."

iVillager saltnpep also left a rich husband -- more because of his attitude than for lack of love. "Something about having money makes men strut around feeling all invincible and irresistible to all living women!"

Fortunately for iVillager rudi1184, marrying for money worked out for the best. "I was 24 when a wealthy man I had known for five years as a friend asked me to marry him," she explains. "This is what my brother told me when I agonized over accepting his marriage proposal, 'To marry someone who is your friend is good, and to marry someone you love is better. But to marry someone who loves you is best -- and it doesn't hurt one bit if he has money.' I am still married to that man today, 24 years later, and love did grow."

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