Saving Up for Romance
For serious singles, dating is a process of courtship, progressively learning more about someone else to decide if you want to be with them for the long term. Online dating cuts into some of that process by getting some of the very basic information out there and available right off the bat, giving a better idea of just who might be compatible with a particular eligible single. However, one of the biggest roadblocks in a long-term relationship, finances, is sometimes neglected in the short term by couples more interested in learning favorite movies and food genres.
A recent article suggests that there are some solid basic questions to ask in the relatively early going to see if the financial compatibility between you and your potential mate might be a problem down the road. Learning about any outstanding loans or debts and discussing whether saving is important to the other person is a great place to start early in a relationship to at least get some warning if there are conflicts. Later, discussing things like whether money made will stay separate or fall into a joint account can also be a good bit of discussion to have before you're halfway down the wedding aisle.
Women have, as the article suggests, become much more independent over time and the notion that a man is supposed to solely financially support a couple is quickly becoming a notion of the past. However, that doesn't mean that the particular man or woman that you're sharing a meal with feels the same way. Getting those types of feelings out early might not be the most romantic aspect of dating someone new, but they can certainly get things out in the open and help reinforce why he or she is such a great match.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Jun 24, 2007 12:34 pm
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