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Registered: ‎05-04-2012
Re: Boyfriend wants to sign up for utility - gets hit with security fees

honeybunnygal wrote:

FrugalRican wrote:

Steelersfan904 wrote:

You can add him to credit cards but wont help on a cable bills? WTH

There's a BIG difference in both situations.

Her adding him to HER card means that she ultimately has complete control over the situation.

Him using her so that he can get a utility is leaving herself at the mercy of whether he pays or nots. She has no control afterwards.


She's being preemptive and proactive and trying to control her credit situation.

There is no shame in that.


This is exactly how I feel. I can remove an AU from my CC. I can't just "undo" a utility account that is opened in my name.


Well, I spoke to DBF and he has decided to fully explore his utility options (service provider with lower fees that may cost a bit more, streamlining to internet-only, etc.) We also discussed ways to improve his credit. When we have time, we will pull his CRs & see where he stands credit-wise to get an idea of what needs to be done.

AT&T will cut off a service if a missed payment hasnt been made, if you are saying this is for his work he is more likely to keep it up to date rather as an AU where he can just call and take his name off the account and have a $0 balance show (I had to do this with an EX who I was an AU user on AMEX). I am just playing devils advocate but I would rather have a utility bill in my name then gave somebody authorized use to my credit cards and have 0% responsibility on paying it back if we decided to split. Matter of fact unless I am married I will never do the whole AU thing again. But never the less good job talking to him about it and coming up with a solution to the temporary problem Smiley Happy

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