Couples preparing to move in together have many decisions to make, from which colors to paint the walls to how to divvy up the chores. But perhaps the most important thing couples can do before they move in together is create financial boundaries.
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to worry about student loans and credit card debt when dating, but credit score dating has become a real thing. Once you are past dating and in a serious relationship, things get even more complicated.
Everyone has a friend that is perpetually broke. I know at least a few people who can never seem to afford to do anything with me. It is important to use your money wisely and keep to a budget, but don’t let money get in the way of relationships with your friends and family.
I have written about who should pay for the first date in the past. We have also discussed how to save money when in a longer term relationship. Today, though, I am interested in how much you share about your finances, and what you expect to know, when in a new relationship.
I told you all about the first time I had to deal with the end of a serious relationship and how to get over heartbreak and move on. Then, more recently, I told you about my reflections on whether I am more like Barney or Ted. After any relationship ends, you have to move on to the next one. Here are my tips on starting a new relationship without breaking the bank.