Can It Be Shared?

Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue

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When couples get together and begin to live together, they are sometimes faced with a bunch of challenges that they didn't expect. One of these challenges can be how they are going to pay the bills. Now, this challenge may be important because it can determine whether the couple has adequate housing, food, gas, and utilities. So, how do you determine how to split the cost? Well, the answer can be different for everyone, but here are a few suggestions.

1. You can split the bills down the middle.

You each can put half of the bills in your name and each person can be responsible for paying the bills that they have their name on.

2. The biggest earner can take the bigger bills.

If one person makes more than the other person, then it might be useful to have the person with the most money pay the most expensive bills while the other person pays for smaller bills and things like date night.

3. One person can be in charge of bills, while the other is in charge of entertainment.

One person's paycheck can be dedicated to paying the bills, while the other person uses their money for last minute costs, going out, and funding streaming services and other entertainment in the household.

There is no one way to do it. Splitting the bills can look different for each and every couple, but if you sit down and communicate about what works for the both of you, paying the bills might just be another thing that you have to do.

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Nicole Higginbotham-Hogue writes lifestyle articles.

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