Have you ever been in a situation where you feel like you’re always paying for everything? Have you ever asked yourself, “How do I split expenses with my girlfriend?” This is a problem and should be dealt with as soon as possible and should be avoided before it becomes a habit. Here are some ways to split expenses with your girlfriend, wife or vice versa:
Knowing where the line is between paying expenses and having expenses paid for in a relationship is important. Traditionally when a man is courting a women, the man would pay on dates. This is still the standard for men when dating women. At the same time, you don’t want to make a habit of you paying for her all the time. After a certain point in a relationship, your girlfriend should be paying for things as well. If you’re at a point in your relationship, such as marriage, and you’re still paying for everything, there’s a problem unless she’s a stay home mom.
A good way to divide expenses is to base it on your income. The amount bread you’re taking home should influence how much you’re paying on expenses. If you’re making more money than your significant other, obviously you should be handling the bills more often. If you’re making 70% and your other is making 30% of your combined income, then you should try to divide your expenses by those percentages.
Taking turns paying on dates is wise when both of you have jobs and are making decent money. Alternating is a good idea but keep in mind of the other person’s income. This way, taking turns paying for dates makes your relationship flow better without even thinking that your significant other is “jipping” you. Be considerate that one date can cost you much more than other dates.
Talk about it
After a few dates, you would expect your significant other to volunteer to pay for some things. You shouldn’t feel as if you are the one that’s always paying for things in the relationship. Although this happens quite often, the best way to approach this issue is to be open and talk about it.