Top 5 Money Matters Discussed at Dinner Tables During the Pandemic

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As the pandemic continues to raise health concerns and strain family finances, many Americans are having more serious — and more frequent — talks at the dinner table.

A new survey from nonprofit organization Life Happens polled more than 2,000 adults about how the coronavirus has affected their financial behavior. It found people are more comfortable talking about money matters now, with only 40% feeling uncomfortable with the topic compared with 45% feeling that way in January.

Nearly 7 in 10 (69%) also say they want to be even more open with their partners about finances. More than two-thirds (67%) say the pandemic has been a financial wake-up call.

Here are the topics we’re talking about most. All of them rank ahead of topics like politics, which was cited by 25% of survey respondents.

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