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Dear Quentin, I took a road trip with three friends last weekend. I am single. Another single friend and a married couple joined us. I offered to drive and agreed to split the cost of gasoline. We needed to fill the tank four times. The couple calculated the total cost of the gas, but instead of dividing it into four, they divided it into three. This doesn’t seem fair to me, but we didn’t discuss how the split would work before the trip. Should I say something? Adrian

The Moneyist: We were friendly with our neighbors for decades, until recently. One day we were introduced to your financial advisor … You can email The Moneyist with any financial and ethical questions related to the coronavirus at qfottrell@marketwatch.com Dear Adrian: Yes. Or should I say yes, please. It is good that they consider themselves as a team. But don’t tolerate this opportunistic partner economy. Two backs equal two contributions. In fact, even if they are sitting on each other’s laps, they would still have to divide this trip into four instead of three. Forgive my bluntness, but several years ago I decided to contribute to a painting as a gift for a friend’s wedding. The painting was from a gallery owned by one of the recipients, which made a healthy markup on the price. But a married couple jointly made the same contribution as the other single people. I don’t care if it’s $ 10 or $ 100 each – single people travel through life on a single supplement for everything from hotel rooms to cruise cabins, and they probably spend more money on wedding list items, while couples choose the same items and share the cost. People sometimes ask me if the letters ever surprise me, since I have written this column for several years. But there is one thing that never ceases to amaze me: how far will people go to save a few dollars. I am offering you this $ 3 golf saga as Exhibit A. The Moneyist: My boyfriend, 9 years my junior, doesn’t want to move out of my house if I die before him. My grown children are not having fun Hello, MarketWatchers. Take a look at Moneyist’s private FB Facebook group, -1.53%, where we look for answers to life’s thorniest money problems. Readers write to me with all kinds of dilemmas. Post your questions, tell me what you want to know more about, or comment on the latest Moneyist columns.