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Have I saved enough to support myself and my unemployed boyfriend in a new place?

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Question - (31 October 2010) 2 Answers - (Newest, 31 October 2010)
A female United Kingdom age 41-50, anonymous writes:

Hi everyone i need help ive been with my partner for 3 and half years hes unemployed n i work 40 hrs a week ive managed to save 4'000 pounds so far n calculated this time next year il have abt 14,000 just need advice if u think thts enough for us to rent a 1bedroom flat bare in mind my partner is lookin for work n has reasons for not being employed due to health reason shud we move thn or wait til ive saved 20,00 or more ne help i get wud be handly thnks

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A female reader, fi_the_tree United Kingdom +, writes (31 October 2010):

fi_the_tree agony auntI would wait until your bf has some steady work, i appreciate this is hard because he has medical reasons behind his unemployment, but he can always apply for benefits whilst he is looking for work, at least this way he has some income. I've recently applied for Jobseeker benefits, and the job centre do expect you to look for work, and they realise it may take some time to actually find work, but they push you none the less.

Once your bf has found some stable work, then by all means, with both your incomes, and the money you already have saved up you should be able to live comfortably. But before you do, do some research on bills and stuff, just do give you an idea on how much your outgoings will be, with water, electricity, gas, council tax, TV licence, weekly shop, rent etc...

I moved in with my ex years ago, who wasn't exactly unemployed, but wasn't earning alot. I thought i could support both of us, but that wasn't the case in the end, and we had to move out. I got myself into a bit of debt and it took me a long time to get out of it. Not that i'm trying to put you off or anything, just that maybe if i had done some more research, i may have realised that it wouldn't have worked out in the end, and i wouldn't have gotten myself into debt.

Discuss it with your partner and see what he thinks aswell. All the best hun x

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (31 October 2010):

Hi

If you calculate that amount by next year, double it! as no doubt your man will have found a job within a year, you say he IS LOOKING.

spunky monkey.

P's I admire your saving ability and hard work.

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