You be the choose: ought to my high-earning boyfriend pay extra of the hire? – The Guardian

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James resents paying extra hire than me and consistently criticises my spending habits

My boyfriend, James, is a good man however he’s very tight with cash. We moved into a stunning two-bedroom flat six months in the past once I was on a improbable wage, working in finance. Then, I modified to work within the charity sector, which I’d at all times needed to do, and couldn’t afford my half of the hire.
James is a lawyer who earns a close to six-figure wage, and so for him, cash shouldn’t be a difficulty. However once I requested if we might break up the hire 70:30 or 60:40 whereas I discovered my toes, he made an enormous deal out of it. He informed me I ought to “be taught to price range” and that he could be “giving me cash” every month by paying extra hire. I don’t see it like that – he’s merely paying a bit extra as a result of he has the means to take action. James agreed to a 60:40 break up, however now takes each alternative to criticise my spending habits.
He waits till the fridge is completely empty so I’ve to exit and purchase groceries. He’s additionally at all times telling me to show off lights, and switch down the radiator as a result of “it’s costing him”. And once I purchased a scented candle for our house not too long ago, he snarkily requested “is that actually a sensible buy?” earlier than strolling out of the room. I can’t keep in mind the final time he deliberate a date, both.
Once we met, he wasn’t like this. He would take me out frequently and we’d each spend our spare revenue on treating the opposite. Since he’s began paying extra hire, he’s grown bitter. I went travelling final yr earlier than this new job and he brings it up typically, saying it wasn’t a superb monetary transfer. However I paid for all of it myself, so why is he nonetheless happening about it?
James grew up with much less cash than I did, and appears to have a shortage mindset regardless of his sensible wage. It’s like he needs to show me a lesson as a result of I’ve by no means had it laborious. My household aren’t millionaires however after we first acquired collectively, he stayed in my household house, rent-free, for weeks. James ought to keep in mind that when he insists on reminding me of my previous expenditures. And if he’s going to assist with the hire, he must do it gladly, or under no circumstances.
In fact I wish to assist Roland, as a result of I like him, however this will’t be the case for ever
Shifting in collectively was a giant step. I used to be pretty proud of the place the connection was, however Roland satisfied me that we’d see extra of one another and that it made monetary sense. It has had the other impact.
A number of months after shifting in, Roland determined to journey round South America. He sorted his share of the hire as he was on a sabbatical, however clearly it was as much as me to cowl all of the meals and different bills whereas he was away for 3 months. It additionally put a little bit of pressure on our relationship, protecting issues going over Zoom.
When he returned, Roland stop his job, a transfer I supported. He’d at all times needed to work within the charity sector and he’s a lot happier now. However Roland does want a variety of assist splitting the hire and payments. Having much less cash is stressing him out in a approach I’ve not seen earlier than. I’ve agreed to assist out, however after all I feel he ought to make extra effort to price range. He nonetheless buys lunch at work, or comes house with frivolous purchases for the flat that we don’t want – just like the scented candle.
I’m on a greater wage than Roland, however it has taken me years to get right here. I grew up with loads lower than him and I perceive the worth of cash extra. Roland shouldn’t depend on me to fund his life. The travelling was indulgent and if he’d thought forward, he might have used a few of that cash to assist his profession change.
Once we mentioned the potential of me paying extra hire I used to be initially reluctant. In fact I wish to assist Roland as a result of I like him, however this will’t be the case perpetually – it’s a short lived security net till he climbs to the following rung of his profession ladder.
I disagree that we’re happening fewer dates as a result of I resent him. I simply assume shifting in collectively means we each make much less effort. We take one another with no consideration – it occurs to a lot of {couples}. We might make extra time for one another and we should always each organize date nights within the flat. I’ll strive to not be so essential of Roland’s spending habits, however I feel it’s truthful that I preserve tabs on the heating or the lights. I’m paying extra, in any case.
Ought to James proceed to pay a bigger share of the hire?
James wants reminding that they aren’t flatmates. All this about who pays for what smacks of behaviour that ought to’ve been left behind in scholar digs. What’s subsequent – labelling meals within the fridge? This relationship appears doomed. James is aware of the value of every thing and the worth of nothing.
Doug, 47

Roland appears to be a have-his-cake-and-eat-it sort of man. To go travelling in South America simply earlier than taking an enormous drop in wage, then count on James to subsidise him appears very entitled. All relationships contain give and take, however I believe James will grow to be resentful in time.
Ashley, 54

James appears petty and passive-aggressive. He’s not treating the connection as a partnership. On the identical time, it appears like he by no means actually needed to maneuver in collectively. He even resents having to pay for his personal meals.
Keith, 53

James, your angle to the home funds is extra like a flatmate’s than a lover’s. Roland, you may’t simply instantly “realise” you may’t pay your hire. You’re as dangerous as one another. However James, it’s essential cease moaning about one candle.
Helen, 38

The dialog on cash ought to have taken place earlier so each of them knew precisely what was going to occur. I’ve sympathy with James as he’s justifiably afraid of turning into a money cow.
Margaret, 71

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