Marriage moving from dating to marriage
" Don't wait until you've signed a lease to talk about where you see the relationship going. Just because something saves money doesn't mean it's practical.
If you don't feel comfortable talking to somebody about where you stand with them, you probably won't feel comfortable living with them. "So often I see people who move in together because they're trying to save money, and it just turns disastrous," Alpert says.
"There needs to be an understanding on the part of the homeowner that if you're agreeing to cohabitate, what's yours is theirs," Alpert says. Someone buys dinner here, the other picks up a bar tab there.This is especially true of couples who are already at odds over whether or not to marry.