Valentine's Day Role Reversal

He lives with me but lately it's been getting to me because I pay for most of the things. The money he makes is enough for his bills and I'm always having to help him out every month. I make enough and I know I don't need his money but it would be nice for him to pay the mortgage once. I love him so much but sometimes I feel like he's smooching off of me! This Valentine's I'm not going out of my way. I hope he does something for me ... I've done enough for him, financially and emotionally.
-- Adriana Roman, Little Elm, Texas

Valentine's Day on a Budget

I have been married to my husband Aaron for almost four years and I make about 80 percent more than he does.

According to Aaron, this has never bothered him because he sees it as even though the majority of the money may earned by me, it goes towards the family as a whole.

As the family's main breadwinner I do all of our budgeting and most of our spending. No matter who makes how much or how little, our dates (including Valentine's Day) are always planned on a budget.

We set limits for any gift buying. We also save any gift cards we receive throughout the year to restaurants to be used for special nights out like Valentine's Day and our anniversary.

We are saving for our first home -- a goal that both of us are working towards financially regardless of who can put more money towards it.
-- Elizabeth, Milwaukee, Wis.

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