Been dating a new girl for about 6 months now and I'm running into the challenge of when and how to explain my financial situation to her. The challenge is that there is a large discrepancy between how much I actually make and how much I seem like I make based on my current lifestyle.
I budget and live my life like I make 100K a year compared to my very recent banking and private equity days where I was a much bigger spender. It's led to a lot of much healthier habits (cooking, getting outdoors to workout, etc.) but also means that my girlfriend and I have been splitting everything evenly and have not experienced more expensive things as I don't want to put a burden on her. The challenge is that we're planning to go to Coachella (her big vacation of the year) with a large group that includes some old banking friends and I don't want the facts to be sprung on her randomly.
So, WSO community, how far into your relationship did you explain to your girlfriend how much you actually make and how did you go about it? Also, how poorly do you think it will be received that we're splitting expenses evenly if it turns out I really do make significantly more than her? I don't know if it matters but my actual cash income per year is ~600K and then some options.