Kitten love Posted November 18, 2011 Share Posted November 18, 2011 Hello ENA! My partner of 6 months and I have decided to take the plunge and move in together- we both believe it is the next logical step in our relationship and both want to be together for the long haul. We do not believe it is too soon- so no comments on this please. My question is, when partners with different incomes live together, how should the costs be spread? Should the partner earning more pay more? And if so, how much? He works 28hrs/wk in retail, clearing approx 450/wk after tax. He commutes 10mins daily so doesn't spend much extra time on the road. He has about 15G in student loans (no longer going to uni but not finished degree), 1G in CC debt and 13G on a car loan from which I think he pays roughly 50/wk. I work 38hs/wk as a vet, clearing approx 800/wk after tax. My commute is 2hrs daily so this adds 10hrs "dead time" to my working week. I have much higher petrol and car costs too. I owe about 30G in student loans, have 3G in CC debt and no car loan, but drive a bomb so will likely take on a loan for 10-15G in the next year. So.. should I be paying more? Or by my 5 yrs fulltime study and lost commute time do I deserve to have more money in my pocket at the end of the week? Any help would be appreciated! Link to comment
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