The Moneyist: I treated my girlfriend to a vacation for paying off her car loan, but she still refuses to listen to my advice on spending money

Dear Moneyist,

I work in finance and, even before working in the field, I had a strong interest in personal finance. I carry no debt and, while I know it can’t stay that way forever, I’m doing my best to maintain that for as long as I can.

I live with my girlfriend in a house she owns and we have our fixed costs broken down amicably. She does not share my affinity for finance.

When I moved in, I suggested she save the money she would theoretically be spending on the bills I now pay, to finish her basement. She keeps going back and forth and now wonders whether she wants to finish the basement at all.

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