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Valentine’s Day may be all love and kisses, hearts and flowers, but don’t let Cupid and his little arrows blind you to reality. Romance is fun, but it’s money 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 about a bigger commitment. And if you’re already married, you can sit back and enjoy yourself. Right?
Not so fast, Romeo and Juliet. Each step of the way is an opportunity to find out if you are financially compatible. Money 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, here are 6 ways to tell if your sweetie is your financial soulmate or a budget-busting bum.