How should people who are in committed relationships/living together talk about money if they are not married? I feel it’s impossible to keep everything separate, but does anyone have tips for navigating the gray area between joint and independent, especially just out of undergrad, when people’s’ finances can vary so drastically.

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Posted by María Zoraida (MONEY FORUMS: 4, Answers: 6)
Asked on March 6, 2016 6:33 pm
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I’ve been with my partner for almost 8 years and we keep things mostly separate. Discuss how you want to divide things up and what makes sense. It can be 50/50, but it doesn’t have to be. Since I make more, I pay more of the bills and we agreed upon this. Sit down and be open about your situation and figure out what’s right for you.

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Posted by Melanie Lockert (MONEY FORUMS: 0, Answers: 66)
Answered: March 8, 2016 10:42 pm
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My boyfriend and I have been together over 5 years and have lived together for 2 (so far) and we keep all finances separate. For paying rent, I write the landlord the check and my bf then just writes me a check for half. I cover the gas bill, he covers the electric bill. I cover the Internet and Netflix, he covers the water/sewer/trash. For groceries, we either pay every other trip, or split the total down the middle at the checkout counter.
This has worked for us for over 2 years now and we haven’t felt the need to make any changes. Maybe something similar can work for you?

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Posted by Natasha Cornelius (MONEY FORUMS: 0, Answers: 9)
Answered: March 7, 2016 3:49 pm
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