Happy Valentine's Day! (Tomorrow) This is the day for love, or is it the day of money? This year $18 billion dollars will be spent on valentine's day so it makes you wonder is it about love or is it about what you can buy me. I want to talk about how to avoid this trap not only on Feb 14th, but any day of the year.
Hard to stop
If you start off a relationship spending a lot of money to impress the other person it is going to be hard to stop. You take them on a first date to an expensive restaurant and things go well, so to make sure the relationship continues you feel that you have to keep it up. Now those expensive dates come weekly and guess what? If you get married that person will expect to be wine and dined for the rest of their life! They will think you are a bank because that is all you have ever shown them. The danger with this type of mindset is that if anything bad happens to your finances your relationship may be in trouble.
Now Vs Later
You have to ask yourself does the person like or love me because of what I can buy them or do they love me no matter what? Answering that question now will make a difference in your finances in the future. Imagine if you are always spending money on expensive dinners, gifts, trips where does that leave your money in the future. It leaves it in the negative. Going for love above money means that the $2000.00 you would have spent on a trip to Turks and Caicos goes into savings or investments that multiply. Later is always better than now when it comes to money! Love feels a lot better when you are in a position of wealth. Not wealth in money, but wealth in the terms of you don't have to worry about anything.
Strong relationships are built off love, not money. When a relationship is about love and not money your future will be wealthier. Your relationship will be healthier. You will know that the person is really there for you and not just for what you can buy them!
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