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Questions to ask before you move in together

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  • How much is this about saving money?

    The first time I moved in with a boyfriend, I went from paying $1,500 a month in rent to paying $500. The reason for the major savings? Rent was being split three ways among me, my boyfriend and his brother. "Are you sure this is a good idea?" friends asked before I moved in. Naturally, I ignored their skepticism. I was starting graduate school and I was trying to be smart about money. Little did I know that being smart about money would make me so stupid about everything else. After less than six months, I moved into a new place with a new roommate where the rent was $1,300.

    This time around, I'd be lying if I said that saving money hadn't even crossed my mind. I like to imagine all the things I'd be able to buy with a little more cash on hand. (New shoes, a new comforter, a fancy juicer, more new shoes.) But as much as saving money is appealing, it's a perk, not a primary factor in my decision. Fortunately, I'm no longer in graduate school, so living comfortably alone is within my means. Buying new shoes is also within my means, which means that this time around, I'd like to live together because we both want to, not because it's simply convenient or cost-effective.

Shacking Up
Questions to ask before you move in together
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