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Let's talk about money
Can we talk? If you and your loved one haven't had the big talk yet -- the one that involves dollar signs -- your romance may be doomed before it goes any further. Even early on in the relationship, openly talking about money is a healthy sign.
"In the early stages of a romance, you just want to winnow out the deadbeats," Thakor says.
"After a while, you want to really talk about things. Couples need to figure out how they match up financially," she says. "Just because he's a big spender and you're a big saver doesn't mean you can't be together, but it does mean you have some things to work on.