At Longreads, Vanessa Golenia describes what happened when she started dating someone who made significantly less money than she did, and what happened when they decided to combine both their lives and their incomes.
Plus a bonus story about keeping finances separate after marriage!
We’ve been together for seven years and married for four years now, and didn’t even open joint checking and savings accounts until this past spring.
I didn’t realize that getting the keys to my apartment back from the guy who told me he was moving to Germany, then broke up with me, would be more painful than, well, that.
I’ve definitely spent more money in the last few months than when I was single. Being in a new relationship has a way of pushing me to want to experience everything I can with my partner.
I’m not sure I agree with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond’s advice.
The other morning, while showering, I glanced around the tub and couldn’t find face wash.
Today’s must-read essay comes from Carolita Johnson at Longreads, in which she “tallies the costs and benefits of love and cohabitation as a woman artist living in a patriarchy.”