Five Money Rules for Moving in Together

Before you and your significant other make the leap to live together, take these steps to protect your finances just in case things don't work out.

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As if making the decision to move in with your boyfriend or girlfriend weren't nerve-wracking enough, once you've opted to merge your two homes, you still face some challenges: Where will you live? What roles will each of you play in running the household? What on earth should you do with that wagon-wheel coffee table?

One topic, however, that couples often overlook in the excitement of their new adventure: money. This is unfortunate because nothing kills the romance faster than arguing about finances. A poorly planned move-in can put tremendous stress on your relationship, so it's best to smooth out the details ahead of time to avoid disagreements and hard feelings later.

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Erin Burt
Contributing Editor,