Dating a bum
The researchers chalk it up to the fact that there's still more societal pressure on men to be the breadwinners. First, there are economies of scale (two can live more cheaply than one, and each specializes in what he or she is good at -- like fixing a computer or changing a light bulb, so you can save on hiring someone to do the task.
) But there's also something about committing to a life together that has a halo effect on your finances.
It isn't easy, as any of us who've loved and wound up in the red can tell you. In between the flowers and the heart flutters, take the time to see if the person you love fits any of these eight signs.
But how do you keep from choosing a dubious financial partner while falling head over heels?
"When individuals feel that their spouse doesn't handle money well, they report lower levels of marital happiness," say the researchers.