Money and love is a tricky combination. From the early days of dating and deciding who’s going to pick up the check to merging your finances for the first time, a lot of your money-related conversations can feel like walking on eggshells. We know how important it is to be honest with the other person in a relationship when it comes to money, but for many people, that is easier said than done when you’re romantically involved. And navigating finances is especially tricky if you’re in a new-to-you situation in your relationship — for instance, if you’re dating long distance for the first time.
In this week’s 3-Minute Guide, brought to you by Skillshare, Erin talks about going through exactly that situation with her now-husband, and how they managed to make it work. She gives plenty of accessible advice based on rules she came up with in her own relationship. For example, if you can only manage to see your significant other once a month, don’t put too much pressure trying to make it “special” — be honest about what you can afford. And come up with rules that work for you, not just what you think you should be doing. If you need to prorate costs based on your incomes rather than sharing things 50/50, that’s totally okay; just be honest with each other. Be sure to head over to the YouTube channel to hear the rest of Erin’s great tips!
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