- The beginning No financial aspect is shared. Depending on culture, expenses may rise during this stage (dates, cinema, etc). For me, this stage lasts a few months at most.
- Things are getting serious This is where the couple is travelling together, may use a single car together, and to some extent, the common costs have to be budgeted. This is where the cracks show up when there are either income or cultural differences. On a brighter side, this is where you can discuss “Hey, when your rental contract is up, let’s move in together“.
- Financially married You may or may not use a single joint bank account, but living together, doing most things together, and having a common budget falls in here. Pragmatism plays a big role here in order to have a healthy relationship.
Without turning this blog into a personal drama diary, after starting reading about FIRE, practicing the core ideas, and writing here, I had to try this from the relationship angle. Thinking about my personal experience, there are 3 levels of a relationship, from a finance angle: