Dating and Money

The following post is from Melissa Batai Engagement rings are big business.  After all, jewelry stores want men to think that if they love the lady in their lives that they will show this love by buying her a big engagement ring—the more bling the better.  In fact, according to The Knot, the average engagement […]

Recently, I shared with someone my thoughts on different types of money mistakes that couple make throughout different times of life.   It’s interesting how many of these issues can be so different at the various stages of life. On the other hand, some of them involve some common themes too. With that being said, I […]

It’s a custom in this part of the world that when a couple gets engaged, there is a ring involved.  And that ring usually includes something sparkly. And yes, it’s usually expensive. However, it seems like this is just the way it is.  Or is it?  An interesting write up on Yahoo that I recently read suggests […]

So how was your Valentine’s Day, or weekend for that matter? It’s a question I’d like to ask a few people, particularly because their approaches to the day were very different.  As in, one person tried to be super frugal and another was a big spender.  Personally, I ended up dropping about $50, which isn’t […]

Dating and money can be an interesting mix! No matter how frugal one wants to be, there will be money spent while dating.  As in, most likely money spent on the very first real date! It might not be a lot of money spent.  I could be as simple as coffee and dessert.  But someone […]

The topic of money and relationships is something that simply fascinates me.  What people say, and what they actually do, can be two very different things.  Some people might dream of meeting a rich person, but then fall for the proverbial “starving artist” type and live happily ever after.  Yet others may declare that they don’t […]

Reader Story: Should She Pay Him Back?

by TTMK on November 8, 2012 · 4 comments

I recently received an email from reader “M”, who asked for my feedback on an issue she was facing.  After getting her approval, I’m sharing it as a reader story, and opening it up for folks to provide their thoughts. She noted that she read the posts on dating and debt, and found it to […]

Money and dating doesn’t have to be complicated, but sometimes circumstances make it so.  Or, perhaps better put, people’s reactions to circumstances make things complicated. Here we will continue the story from the previous post, which discussed a relationship where dating someone in debt was the issue, and a guy I know got burned by […]

Dating and Debt Disaster: Part 1

by TTMK on October 8, 2012 · 11 comments

How do you handle money issues when dating? The idea that the guy pays for the first dateis pretty well established in our society, though it’s certainly becoming less set in stone.  After all, more than half of college degrees are going to women, who are of course just as able to work and earn money […]

Being Genuine with Money When Dating

by TTMK on August 2, 2012 · 13 comments

When people are dating, the early stages are frequently not the most genuine.  Let’s get real, people are on their best behavior and often trying to either impress the other person, or at the very least not send them running away! I’m convinced that not everyone is totally genuine when it comes to money and […]