I've been dating with my girlfriend since almost 4 years. In the beginning, I was paying for both of us when we went out, so all of the couple-related expenses were covered by me. For example, if we went out for dinner or to the cinema, I was paying both dinners or both tickets, but if she wanted to buy a new dress she liked, then she should have paid for it.
After just a few months, we decided to split equally (50/50) the couple-related expenses. This decision was taken because we were both students and I had no income, just as she didn't, so it seemed more fair to us to head this way.
Now I completed my studies and found a well-paid job, but she is still a student and will continue studying for at the very least more 5 years. We previously decided to split the expenses because I had no income, but since this precondition is not valid anymore I want to pay the couple-related expenses.
However, I don't think my girlfriend would like to depend economically from me, or from someone else. In fact, her parents don't give her any pocket money; she only need to ask them to obtain the money she needs, but she really dislikes to ask for money, so I bet she would dislike that I pay everything for her too.
I was thinking of giving her pocket money, so that she can manage those money and will be able to pay her half of the expenses and probably to save something too. I'm not sure if that's appropriate and how much money should I give her.
Can such an idea be considered appropriate? Or am I expected to just pay for her? And should I give her pocket money, should I just give her what she needs to pay the couple-related expenses and let her ask for money to her parents to buy other things, or should I give her a little more than what she needs, to also allow her to save money?
Thank you in advance for your opinions :-)