Love Me, Love My Money?

Once you've opened your heart to someone you love, should you then be prepared to open your wallet? Or can you share romance and affection without sharing the pin number to your bank account? In our latest battle of the sexes, we ask:

Does committing mean sharing money?

He Says:

Stock photo for article.Once a relationship reaches a certain level of commitment, you should share each other's lives ... and piggy banks. There are practical reasons -- if you're sharing a house or expenses, you don't have to split the bills in half every month -- but I think mingling your money makes sense for the health of the relationship, too. An imbalance in sharing finances could lead to a perceived imbalance in the amount of "love" between us. Instead of wondering whether the person who pays more, loves more, I'd rather share everything and create an equal partnership.

She Says:

Stock photo for article.Money can really poison relationships. If you think about it, a lot of our ideas about power and control are related to our feelings about money. Unless you're in it for the long haul -- and have the marriage license to prove it -- sharing all your finances, without maintaining something of your own, will complicate your relationship. I don't want to wind up on one of those daytime court TV shows arguing over who gets the cash in our joint bank account when we break up. Besides, who wants to defend spending a hundred bucks on a pair of shoes to a tightwad boyfriend?

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