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  Written by Olivia
Living off love and water alone: charming when you're 20 years old but it's rarely enough later on. Depending on what sign each person in the relationship is, you will need to discover how they manage their money. Big spender or a shrewd penny-pincher? Greedy? Shared accounts or separate? To each sign's credit (and debit), we'll show you their weak spots and successes when it comes to money...

Aries: Expenses: Whether it's a new gadget or an important purchase, they'll never take time to compare prices or wait for a good deal. And for good reason: thinking stops action in its tracks, and if there is no action, Aries won't be able to sit still. So they buy. Or, rather, they buy what they want, since, of course, their whims and fancies come before anything else. And, if they need to hurt the household savings in order to have a little fun, they'll pinch pennies elsewhere or let their partner figure it all out. What's more, they are also capable of guilting their partner if they dare to call them out on their behavior. In short, they want what they want, and everyone else will just have to deal with it.

Their money quirks: Their gifts are often far-fetched or inappropriate. Either too expensive for the occasion or not suitable for the person they're giving it to. If it were, that would mean that they're closer to the person than they're comfortable being. A little dazzle, a little show, and then presents, to avoid any discussion. It's their way of avoiding really getting deep into anything...

Unlimited credit with: Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius
Account lock for: Aries, Capricorn, Pisces

Taurus: Expenses: They love beauty, and since beauty rarely comes cheaply, they're not afraid to spend insane amounts of money to get their hands on these little marvels. Sure, sometimes they think about waiting until there's a sale, but with as much patience as they have, as soon as they see the object of their dreams in that window, all their resolutions are brushed aside! Let's just say that this can cause friction with their partner. It's always the same, old complaints, which is tiring for everyone involved. The trick? Have separate accounts so that they spend only their own money. Especially since they're not that generous in the first place.

Their money quirks: Money's money, so they'll consciously and carefully put some money aside in their piggy bank to get them by. After all, their "thing", if not their obsession is to possess. So, when they spend, it is to invest in something that will last; a house, for example, is perfect. But, since you don't buy a house everyday, a handbag from a big name designer from Paris or a watch from a famous maker is a good enough compromise. It's beautiful, shows status, and can be handed down. It's all planned out.

Unlimited credit with: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Account lock for: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces

Gemini: Their expenses: Tools, plumbing equipment, materials for making repairs - spending money for things as boring as this is a chore for them. It's almost enough to make them downright greedy, since anything that has to do with the house or serious matters is an enormous bore for them. If they feel personally involved, they might have a little less trouble letting go of some of their money for needed work. But, this isn't a guarantee with as much as their dreaming and fantasy push them to buy wonderful, though often impractical, objects at the drop of a hat. In short, the electricity might not be up to code, but the garage will have a spiffy, new convertible in it. It's their choice...

Their money quirks: As much as they hate to be alone, and since they don't always have a friend nearby, they buy, buy, and buy in order to fill the emptiness of their existence. Let's just come out with it: they could even pay off their friends or lovers just to not be alone. Since they need others' attention in order to feel alive, they need to show off a certain level of opulence in order to be comfortable.

Unlimited credit with: Aries, Sagittarius, Aquarius
Account lock for: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces




Cancer: Expenses: Their budget is theirs alone. And they intend on managing it without the threat of constant questioning or criticism, though it doesn't bother them one bit to give their opinion about how their partner manages their money. After all, anything that has to do with the home has to do with them, too. The house is their home, so they will invest enormous amounts of time, energy, and money into it. A nice, well-decorated interior with good furniture might seem unnecessary to their partner, but for Cancer, it's absolutely essential. That being said, they only spend what they have, so how they handle their money is rarely a problem.

Their money quirks: Running off emotion as they do, Cancer will empty out entire stores if they have an emotional need to fill. Lipstick for doubt, a new t-shirt if they're feeling down. But, these objects are also a stamp in time, a precious, necessary landmark. For each important moment in their life, an object has to associate with it. The cottage barometer bought as a snowy vacation souvenir or the pumps bought for aunt Nicole's marriage. As many souvenirs as memories fill their closet.

The most consistent: Cancer, Capricorn
Account lock for: Leo, Libra, Sagittarius

Leo: Expenses: They love to spend. Their money, their partner's money - it doesn't matter. They'll have no qualms about dipping into the family nest-egg. This might be annoying, but it's their way of asserting themselves. There's no fighting against their need to wow. This is why Leo is the type to announce how much their acquisitions are worth or at least to intimate to their guests that it cost them a fortune so that they understand they aren't dealing with just anybody. Let's just say it would be wiser to have a separate account so that such trivial matters such as electricity bills or rent can be taken care of. For them, it's all about fun, fashion, and luxury. For their partner, more so about covering the minimum costs for existence, run-of-the-mill stuff.

Their money quirks: Brand-name polos, luxurious vacations... Leo needs their brands, outside shows of wealth in order to prove that they've made it, that they're someone important, that their life is a fairy tale, and the more that assures them that they're on the right path towards what they think is proper taste. They are less sure of themselves than they appear, so buying the newest shoes or brand-name label sunglasses comfort them.

Unlimited credit with: Cancer, Libra, Aquarius
Account lock for: Taurus, Scorpio, Pisces

Virgo: Expenses: They are all absolutely necessary and justified. If there is one person capable of handling the money, it's Virgo. They know how to save, and getting by on the bare minimum doesn't scare them. Even better, it forces them to find alternative solutions, to call upon their resourcefulness, and kill two birds with one stone if possible. In fact, it stimulates them intellectually. Given their way of thinking, their partner clearly should not permit themselves any useless expenses, or else they'll end up in the doghouse for some time to come. They might even cut off physical contact if it comes down to a considerable financial court case. Those born under Virgo create a budget and stick to it. It's up to their partner to do the same. It's really the least they could do...

Their money quirks: A plunger for the sink, a new battery for the car, and some plaster for that crack in the wall - they invest only in things that they absolutely need. As shrewd and thrifty as they might be, this isn't really the most exciting... Which is why, without any prior announcement, they are also capable of blowing through their home savings account on a game of blackjack. It feels good to let go...

Unlimited credit with: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Account lock for: Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius




Libra: Expenses: Libra is convinced that they're good at making money. Without disabusing them of this illusion, you would still be wise to not give them free reign over the household funds. Even if they manage to get the books balanced at the very last minute, to charm the banker or accountant into giving an extension on the account, they often tread of thin ice, which is enough to make their family get cold sweats. But they do it with panache, since, even when they're broke, they won't let themselves go. They'll manage to dig up something elegant in a thrift store, some sort of cheap knick-knack or trinket that is nonetheless undeniably chic. No matter how much money they have, they'll always manage to fool someone.

Their money quirks: Quality above all else. Even if they have to save penny by penny, they'll get together the funds to get their hands on the real deal, while others content themselves with cheap knock-offs. Their taste for fine things is linked to their need for social recognition. Wearing a certain brand or going to such-and-such a restaurant means that they're in the "club". By following their rules, they hope to be admitted into this tribe that dazzles them so.

The most consistent: Leo
Account lock for: Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn

Scorpio: Expenses: Money just flies out of their hand when they feel disgusted by it. But, that won't last long, since these periods are followed up by times when they are absolutely fascinated with money. In these moments, they go out of their way to earn much more or to find the best ploy for spending the least possible. In short, their relationship to money is so hazy that their partner never really knows what the end of the month will bring. The ideal is to have separate accounts for each person and to set aside a shared nest-egg for daily costs and expenses.

Their money quirks: Whether they spend more than they earn or masochistically deprive themselves, money is a source of anxiety for Scorpio. This is a subject there is no in-between on for them, and it's a frequent source of friction with the people they share their lives with. You might think they have some funds set aside, but fat chance - they've spent or blown in all. They don't mind frightening themselves when it concerns only them, but the problem is that they also tend to scare the hell out of others, too.

The most consistent: Scorpio, Capricorn

Account lock for: Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Aquarius

Sagittarius: Expenses: Yes, it's true: Sagittarius can spend lots of money, but if let themselves do so, it's because they can afford it, since, when things get a little tight financially, they can get by on less, and it won't bother them at all. Let's just say that they have a rather healthy relationship to money. They often stay within their budget and avoid digging themselves into a hole. Not one for an impulse buy, they wait for a good deal, think before jumping into a big investment, and don't do anything that might put their family or relationship's finances in peril. In any case, they are so convinced that they can rebuild and get back on their feet that they'll even manage to convince their loved ones. They can be forgiven for anything.

Their money quirks: The want to seem detached from material things, but, deep down, money brings them security. Behind their adventurous and gentlemanly side hides an inept and confused littel worker bee who isn't totally confident in the future. Since a run of bad financial luck isn't something that only happens to others, they'll put together a nice, little nest egg on the sly.

Unlimited credit with: Aries, Gemini, Aquarius
Account lock for: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces




Capricorn: Expenses: They'll only pull their cash out if it's an absolute necessity. Stingy? No, let's say... responsible, practical. You just have to know what they consider important and not. Any expense that isn't strictly and absolutely necessary can be skipped. Suffice it to say that the idea of pleasure isn't in their budget. It's also not rare that they'll fight with Capricorn to get an advance on their pay to go on vacation, have some fun, or get something that caught their eye in the store window. You'll have to hang in there, because they're not exactly dim. Plus, with all the savings they'll make their family do, the least you could do is to support their rigid budget.

Their money quirks: Money is not to flaunted. They consider it obscene to show off their money and immoral to spend too much of it. So, they keep their fashion discrete and their success tasteful. Money, after all, is essentially a promise of liberty, a chance to live differently, to live elsewhere, to break with convention - which they will do. Or they won't. It doesn't matter. What is important, however, is that they know it's possible to do it one day if they wish...

Unlimited credit with: Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn
Account lock for: Aries, Libra, Sagittarius, Pisces

Aquarius: Expenses: No constraints, to shackles for them: they want to feel free to spend as they wish. When it's their own money, why not? But if it's the household's funds, that can cause trouble. It can lead to family drama if the budget is super tight. Which is why they remain discrete about how they spend their money, even if it means doing things in secret. Except that the bill always comes due... Overdrawn account, overdraft charges: it can all pile up quick, which necessarily means a confrontation with their partner. Having separate accounts is absolutely necessary.

Their money quirks: It's their desire to stand out that makes them despise money and consumer society. They pretend like they don't care, because that gives them an identity and something to talk about to spice up slow nights. What do they do with their money? Give gifts. They don't buy things for their loved ones, they just give them to them. Even buying some mustard to spice up a meal is an act of generosity for them. Inside there wallet is a beating heart.

Unlimited credit with: Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius
Account lock for: Taurus, Scorpio, Pisces

Pisces: Expenses: Since money often complicates relationships, they prefer for it to not even enter into their relationship. They hate to talk about how much they earn and don't plan on answering for what they spend. And, since money has a terrible tendency of slipping right through their fingers, they spend quite a bit. But usually for a noble cause: to please their loved ones. They'll buy anything, any time for them. Their surprised smiles, looks of amazement are their own form of repayment. They are so generous that, if they don't keep up on their finances, they can lead their family to the brink of bankruptcy. This would be a real shame, but, surrounded by their loved ones, warmed by their love, they aren't afraid of anything.

Their money quirks: Since they are often uncertain of themselves or whether people like them, they feel strong when they buy friendship or the love of those close to them. This is morally reproachable, but it's better to know what you want. And, since Pisces wants to be loved, is willing to trade for affection without too much hesitation. In exchange for a consumer good, they get a little attention. Once the day comes when they feel fulfilled, they can get downright stingy.

Unlimited credit with: Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Pisces
Account lock for: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo and Capricornio


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