shacking up couple

*(Via iDateDaily) – Most of us have heard the saying “Why pay for the cow, when you can get the milk for free?

This is a phrase commonly used when referencing couples who chose to live together before marriage, otherwise known as “shacking” or “shacking up.”

There are tall tale beliefs that if a woman decides to move with a man before marriage, he may get comfortable and hold off on proposing to her — if he ever proposes at all.

As a child and young adult, I wholeheartedly believed this to be true. I would always reference my parents and how they “spent 6 years dating without living together and moved in with each other when they were married,” in those exact words. It has taken me analyzing the experiences of others and even some of my own to realize that things just aren’t that black and white in this category anymore. First it is a known fact that there are more divorces between couples who live together before marriage than those who waited until marriage to cohabitate. So I strongly disagree with the belief that couples should live together first in “preparation” for marriage. However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with two adults deciding to take a step further in commitment and move in together.

Here are 3 reasons why:

1) Financial benefit– In today’s society where 20- and 30-somethings are working their way up corporate ladders, saving for rainy day funds and future families, and trying to double and triple their profits in the best way they know how in order to enjoy life to the fullest while they can, “half on rent” is a term that sounds like music to the ears. There is definitely an advantage to splitting bills with someone you trust and love in order to benefit financially in the long run, whether you end up together forever or not. It ends up being a win-win for both people.

Find out what the other 2 reasons are at iDateDaily.