Are you and your mate a money match?
Are you financially compatible with your mate?
Valentine's Day may be all about romance, but don't let the lovey-dovey trappings of the holiday blind you to reality. Romance is fun, but it's finance that matters.
Every couple that goes on a date Feb. 14 is full of hope: If it's early in the dating stage, you may be hoping you've found a permanent match. If you've known each other for a while, you may be thinking a bigger commitment. And if you're already married, all the early dating stress is behind you, and you can sit back and enjoy yourself.
Not so fast, Romeo and Juliet. Each step of the way is an opportunity to find out if you are financially compatible. Because long after the roses have wilted and the sparkling wine has gone flat, what will you have left? The diamond will never lose its dazzle, but what about the guy who bought it? Financial problems are the leading cause of divorce, so it pays to get those issues out of the way early.
In the spirit of the holiday that love built, but with a clear-eyed view of the bottom line, Bankrate.com brings you six tips on how to tell if your sweetie is your financial soulmate or a budget-busting bum.