Would it really be Thanksgiving without a big, juicy turkey? The bird and the holiday are so intertwined that we\’ve even nicknamed the entire celebration \”turkey day. \” But why, exactly, do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving? Read on, and we\’ll tell you how this tradition came to be. The Thanksgiving dinner took place in 1621, when the pilgrims and the natives sat down to enjoy an especially good harvest together in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Given the settingвfall in Massachusettsвand the timingв1621вthe dinner was limited to things you could grow or hunt in New England at that timeвand yes, turkey was one of them. According to accounts by
William Bradford, that first feast included waterfowl (think: ducks), fish, and of course, plenty of turkeys. From that night on, the Thanksgiving dinner tradition continued, but technology and time changed the menu a bit. We don\’t have to tell you that many new traditions (like green bean casserole and cranberry sauce) have since found their place at the modern Thanksgiving table. But more importantly, when it comes to today\’s discussion, entrees like fish and duck fell out of favor, leaving turkey to be the go-to dish in just about every household. Why turkey as opposed to those other proteins? Well, not only was turkey relatively affordable and widely available, but just one bird could feed the entire table, and could roast in the oven for hours unattended, leaving you free to do other things (read: hang out and watch football). So regardless of whether you\’re on Team White Meat or Team Dark Meat, now you know that turkey was indeed a part of the very first Thanksgiving dinner. And while many of the other early main dishes no longer make appearances in the traditional spread, turkey has endured.
And thank goodness for that, because bringing a leftover waterfowl sandwich to work on Monday just doesn\’t sound quite as appetizing. Whether youБre casually dating, moving in together, or married, you and your partner have to be sure youБre not just compatible in terms of personality but also financially. Is your partner a saver or a spender? How seriously do they take debt? Do they have a monthly budget? HereБs how to tell if youБre financially compatible with your partner. It may not be fun, but one of the best steps you can take in a serious relationship is to have a real talk about money to see just how financially compatible you are. Most people donБt disclose financial information until three to six months into a relationship, yet one in five relationships ends due to financial pressure. If the two of you are thinking about moving in together or eventually getting married, youБre going to want to get on the same page. Find out what their plans for the future are, if theyБre thinking about retirement, what they make per year, and if they have any debts theyБre working on paying. Ask about whether they know their credit score and what it is. information will give you an overview of their current finances, so you can see if their situation is compatible with your own financial future. Does your partner frequently tell you about the new gadget they just purchased? Are they always suggesting pricey bars or restaurants? Or do they constantly suggest that you two spend your weekends at home instead of going out to save money? Watch out for these cues, as theyБll let you know how much of a spender your partner is.
Savers and spenders frequently make decisions that put them at odds with each other, but even if youБre financial opposites, that doesnБt mean that youБre automatically incompatible as a couple. If anything, a saver can teach a spender to be more financially responsible, or that being a saver doesnБt necessarily mean never having fun, while a spender can help a saver make the occasional splurge. The occasional argument about your finances is inevitable, but do you feel that your arguments are happening almost every day? Do you constantly have to warn them that theyБre spending over their budget? Or are you the one always getting lectured over what you should be doing with your own money? Having different opinions on money is unavoidableБaccording to conducted by Discover and the Match Group, 53 percent of respondents said finances were a strain on a past or current relationshipБbut if you and your partner canБt seem to agree on anything financially, you might have a compatibility issue. Even financial opposites can work to find common ground, but arguing over issues as they come up isnБt the answer. Instead, set up a night where the two of you talk about your differences before they escalate. ARE THEY INVESTING IN YOU? The longer youБve been in a relationship, the more intertwined you will become in your partnerБs financial situation. The big question is: Just how invested are they in you? Saving money is an obvious must for anyone looking to build a future, but is your partner doing their share to ensure youБll be able to live the life you two want? If youБre looking at starting a family, owning a home, and retiring, but your partner isnБt planning for the future, thereБs potentially an issue.
That type of behavior might not be compatible with what you need, and moving forward youБre going to have to discuss that with them. One of the easiest ways to see if youБre financially compatible with your partner is to plan a budget. Once your relationship evolves to the point where you are sharing expenses, it becomes increasingly important to be working toward similar goals. So, talking about a budget out loud will give you the opportunity to see where their financial values lie and observe just how seriously they take their finances. It may just look like a three-digit number, but your credit score is packed with information. It can give you a quick snapshot of your financial picture, and it can impact whether or not you qualify for credit and the interest rates you will pay moving forward. To get on the same page with your partner, check your respective scores and share them with each other. It might not be the easiest discussion to haveБin the, 69 percent of respondents said they felt slightly or not at all comfortable with sharing their credit scores. But being honest and open could make you more attractive. In the same survey, 58 percent of respondents said a good credit score was more attractive than driving a nice car. Knowing your credit score can enable you to have a well-informed discussion about finances with your partner. Discover offers a Free Credit Scorecard that lets you see your credit score, and checking it won\’t impact your score. It\’s totally free, even if you aren\’t a Discover customer. Check yours in seconds. Terms apply. Visit Discover to learn more.