My roommate, a gay man, has officially moved in. He’s gaining a very low-cost place to live, and, at least while I’m out of work, he will be paying for the food if I do all the shopping and cooking. If we were married, I’d have health insurance, and the pressure for me to get back to work full-time would be completely off.
There’s something to this partnering up.
I am a long time reader, first time commenter. I agree that there is something to the partnership approach, but want to add that being married doesn’t guarantee health benefits. I am married (late marriage on my 38th birthday) and my husband’s insurance requires a $700/month extra payment to add me. On his salary this is simply not possible. We also figure that a high deductible plan isn’t worth it. We would need to have 10k on hand for out of pocket emergency expenses and pay 200-300 a month on top of it. Again, not possible on our income.
Wow, that’s terrible! For $700 you could just get your own, although maybe not if you have a pre-existing condition. Let’s hope the Obamacare thing helps us all out!
That sounds like a great arrangement. I wish there were a web site where people could seek strategic partnerships that were closer than roommates but still platonic.