All of your activities revolve around shopping.
You eat out every night. For fun on the weekends, you head to the mall or take a vacation out of town. Everything you do as a couple seems to cost money – which is fun at first, but can break the bank if it continues into a long-term habit.
What to do about it: Create a budget that includes free activities, like cooking dinner at home or attending a free concert at your local park. “Budgeting is like dieting, there’s not a one size fits all for any relationship,” Aliga says. “If you are setting a budget, make it realistic and make sure it offers some flexibility. If you’re finding someone is overspending, going way over the budget that was discussed, take those conversations into more frequency.”