You just started dating someone, and things are going great. You’re having fun, enjoying getting to know each other, and maybe even thinking about a future together. But then the topic of money comes up, and things start to get a little … awkward.
Whether you’re just starting out and trying to figure out how to split the bills or you’ve been together for years and are dealing with more complicated financial issues, money can be the root of all sorts of problems in a relationship.
It’s not surprising that money is such a hot-button issue for a lot of people. There are a lot of thorny questions around it. How much spending is too much? How do you deal with financial jealousy? What happens when you’re a spender but your partner is a saver?
These are all valid—and common—questions that are important to discuss when you’re in a relationship.