Hey guys.. here's another "I'm moving out of my parents' house and need advice" thread. Basically, I just need advice on two issues. 1. I plan on moving out by the end of summer with my girlfriend. I haven't told my parents yet. Why? I'm afraid to. My parents (especially my mom) are more 'traditional' than I am. They don't want me moving out unless I get a job in another state, or get married... and even then they'll want my wife to move in with us. They like the family to stay together. But I've thought about it.. it's my life, i'm an adult now (22), and i've made a decision to move out. So... how should I break it to them? I need to tell them... soon. I really can't see them, especially my mom, being too happy. I don't want to leave on bad terms and I do want to visit them often. 2. My girlfriend and I will split the costs. We are looking for a small 1 or 2 bedroom place. What kind of expenses should we expect? We have planned things out, but there's always the unexpected and I was hoping some of you can point some out. We've been together for almost 7 years now. We want to live together for a bit before getting married. Just making the transition to living together now instead of having to deal with it right after marrying.