When you’re dating someone new, it can be tempting to lavish them with expensive gifts, dinners at the finest restaurants and trips to trendy vacation spots. And sometimes it’s okay to spend a little more on someone you really like — provided that you’re spending within your means.
But sometimes the need to impress the new person in your life can derail even the most carefully laid financial plans. Worse: it can trap you in a lifestyle that is tricky to escape. This article from The Atlantic discusses the idea of overspending as a form of “mating deception,” a habit that might initially seem harmless but could lead to serious debt if not kept in check.
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