roommates http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5981/all en-US Avoid These 7 Things When Living With Roommates http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-7-things-when-living-with-roommates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/avoid-these-7-things-when-living-with-roommates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/disagreeing_roomates.jpg" alt="disagreeing roommates who can&#039;t get along" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Until very recently, I've never lived alone. I went from my parents' house to a college dorm room to a fraternity house to various apartments, to a condo of my own &mdash; all of which were occupied by at least one other person. Considering that I'm OCD about everything &mdash; which is perhaps why I find myself currently living alone &mdash; and that I've lived with a couple crap-bag human beings in the past, I'm a bona fide expert in all the things you should never do when cohabitating with someone else.</p> <p>You've been warned.</p> <h2>1. Eat Other People's Food Without Permission</h2> <p>It's important for me to establish that while I've had many roommates over the years who have all done something I didn't like (as I'm sure I did for them, too), most of them weren't particularly offensive. A little annoyance here and there, yeah, but that's par for the course. And we're still friends. But there was one roommate who was so vile, so rude, so throw-up-in-my-mouth disgusting that most of the following anecdotes will be based on my short, six-month experience with him. Like the time he ate my food without permission.</p> <p>But he didn't <em>just</em> eat my food without permission. It's not like a pack of ramen was missing and I lost my ish. Oh, no. This dude and three of his drunken friends ravaged $50 worth of the groceries and snacks I had just purchased the night before. Straight-up murdered the fridge and cabinets. My cheese popcorn never stood a chance. Of course, the next day when I confronted him, he was all apologetic and offered to pay for the pilfered goods. But he never did. Because that's the kind of person he was &mdash; Satan's Spawn (SS), who, admittedly, I should've known was up to no good when he suspiciously smelled like both sweat and Cool Ranch Doritos simultaneously.</p> <h2>2. Fail to Pitch In on Common Household Items</h2> <p>There were three of us living in the Baltimore row house in which SS kept his lair, but only two of us pitched in on household items. Personally, I didn't mind buying cleaning products. I accept that not everyone lives as extreme-clean as I do, and they don't have to. But, when you don't throw in a few bucks for paper towels and toilet paper, and then use half the rolls yourself, you're some special kind of evil. As a result, my other roommate and I started rationing the paper products amongst ourselves and kept them in our respective bedrooms for our own use.</p> <p>And, nope, I'm not even a little bit remorseful about the first time SS discovered our new tactic right after doing his business. Bet he found the cleaning products that day.</p> <h2>3. Bring in a Revolving Door of Randos for Overnight Stays</h2> <p>Surprisingly, SS didn't bring in a bunch of randos. Frankly, we were shocked when anybody at all would stay the night in his bedroom &mdash; because Godspeed to that brave warrior princess and her penicillin prescription.</p> <p>Still, it's never cool to have strangers in and out of the house all hours of the night. Be respectful of your roommates and recognize that perhaps they don't appreciate Tinder &quot;dates&quot; staying over all the time. My personal rule is that non-roommate stays should be limited to no more than 1/3 of the month, which applies to significant others just as much as it does bar-to-bedroom buddies, friends, and family. I didn't sign a lease with those people, so why are they here all the time?</p> <h2>4. Being Consistently Late on Rent and Other Payments</h2> <p>If SS didn't pay me back for the $50 worth of food he scarfed down, then it's probably not hard to believe that he rarely paid his rent. We lived in an equal-payment situation, and our landlord wanted us to help make up the difference. Pfft. Nerp. Hold up, bub. That's not my friend over there drinking top-of-the-line tequila, but who's too house-poor to buy toilet paper. I'm not picking up his slack. Likewise, nobody in your place should be covering for you if you can't make ends meet. In that case, you got to go. Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-money-moments-that-are-awkward-for-everyone?ref=seealso">10 Money Moments That Are Awkward for Everyone</a>)</p> <h2>5. Keep Untidy Spaces</h2> <p>This dude didn't pick up a broom the whole time he lived with us. Couldn't find the Ajax to scrub the tub, or replace the shower curtain when it got grimy. Nary a bottle of Windex or 409 ever touched his hands, and God forbid he wipe down the stove after his Spaghetti-Os splattered everywhere. But while he left his indelible mark on the common areas, it was his bedroom that should have been quarantined. After months of my dishes consistently disappearing, rarely to be seen again, I opened SS's bedroom door one day to take back what was mine. Except they were now science projects, like that time Stephen King touched a meteorite in <a href="http://amzn.to/1Rm7LwC">Creepshow</a> and starting growing alien vegetation all over himself. Thus, they became <em>his</em> dishes, that jerk.</p> <p>Of course everybody has a right to keep their room how they want it. Some people aren't as tidy as others, and that's okay, in your own personal area. But if you're downright filthy, it becomes a household issue, especially as pests and rodents can be problematic. Keep common areas tidy and at least try to keep your bedroom somewhat clean, as well.</p> <h2>6. Partake in &quot;Recreational Activities&quot; Indoors</h2> <p>I use to be a cigarette smoker, but I never smoked indoors in a roommate situation if they didn't like it. I also recognize that some people like to smoke weed, and since that was never my thing, I appreciated when my roommates would smoke elsewhere.</p> <p>If you drink or smoke and your roommate isn't cool with it, then you need to respect that and keep your recreational activities far away from them.</p> <h2>7. Borrow Clothing Without Asking</h2> <p>I didn't have to worry about SS borrowing my clothing without asking, but when I was in college I had a roommate &mdash; one of my fraternity brothers &mdash; who would borrow my clothes on the regular. In all fairness, we borrowed each other's clothing, since we were essentially the same size and build, but I didn't like when he would go into my closet without asking first. It's cool when you're both in the room getting ready for a party and can swap closets in person, but it's a little invasive if you're going through your roomie's wardrobe when they're not there. If this is something you enjoy with your roommates, just remember boundaries. If the other person doesn't know about it, it's stealing. And you better hope you don't get a stain on my shirt... lest you want to be buried in it.</p> <p><em>Tell me: What are some other things to never do when living with a roommate? I'd love to hear some of your roommate horror stories in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-7-things-when-living-with-roommates">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-move-to-a-new-city-to-reduce-lifestyle-costs">Should You Move to a New City to Reduce Lifestyle Costs?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent">The Benefits of Having a Roommate (Besides Saving on Rent)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-score-cheap-rent-without-annoying-roommates">5 Ways to Score Cheap Rent — Without Annoying Roommates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-important-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-housing-market-in-2016">6 Important Things You Need to Know About the Housing Market in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Real Estate and Housing apartment living etiquette life hacks living with roommates rent roommates Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:00:02 +0000 Mikey Rox 1638028 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Must-Have Apps for Roommates http://www.wisebread.com/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_on_phones_000043476584.jpg" alt="Roommates uploading must-have apps for living together" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent">love your roommate</a>, or maybe you merely occupy the same space. No matter the relationship you might share, chances are that things have gotten dicey at least once or twice when it comes to money, sharing chores, and overall organization. Even the best of friends can disagree over who took the trash out last, or which one of you paid $10 more on the cable bill last month.</p> <p>When all else fails, here are four must-have apps for roommates that will make sure your house stays a happy home for all.</p> <h2>1. Splitwise</h2> <p>You know the situation. You are out at the grocery store getting a whole laundry list of items when your roommate opens their wallet and discovers they only have $5.00 to their name. If you're splitting expenses, this is cause for a major panic attack. &quot;I'll pay you back, I swear,&quot; says your roommate who still owes you $20.00 from last week's dinner out. Enter Splitwise.</p> <p>With <a href="http://www.splitwise.com">Splitwise</a> you can enter each roommate's (or friend's) name in the app and then go to town adding all sorts of expenses from shopping, to eating out, to household bills. Splitwise will take the guesswork out of keeping up with who owes whom, and will give you a clear snapshot of where everyone stands financially. It's easy to use, and you no longer have to keep all those loose receipts lying around. It's available in iPhone, Android, and web versions, and is totally free to boot.</p> <h2>2. Spotme Payments</h2> <p>This free app works just like Splitwise, focusing on managing all of those IOUs that roommates and friends seem to rack up. <a href="http://www.getspotme.com">Spotme</a> has some cool additional features that you might want to check out. You can add photos and memos to each entry, and even split up each expense evenly (or unevenly), depending on who bought two gallons of ice cream that night. The pictures come in handy because you can snap a shot of the receipt and not have arguments over how much you actually spent on toilet paper.</p> <p>Spotme is only for iPhone, but with the app you can now message users and bug them when they haven't sent you any payment yet. If you are an A-type personality roommate, you are sure to love this app.</p> <h2>3. Splitrr</h2> <p>You and your roommates decided to take an amazing trip to Chicago for a long weekend. You drove there, paid for the gas, loaded up your car with snacks, and rented a killer apartment on Airbnb. By this point you are at least a couple of hundred dollars in, while everyone else is enjoying a fat wallet and a full belly. Going on trips with roommates is one of the luxuries of sharing a home. You have a built in friend that is often game for whatever crazy adventure you can dream up. Most trips, however, end up a bit messy, because no one actually keeps track of who spent what, and inevitably one person ends up spending more than the others. Enter bitterness and resentment.</p> <p>Don't let your vacations end that like. <a href="http://www.splittrapp.com/">Splitrr</a> is a great iPhone app that takes the guesswork out of expensing the cost of a vacation with your roommates. All you do is add an expense in Splitrr, give the expense an name (like &quot;trip to Chicago&quot;), enter the price, the person who paid for the expense, and finally, who benefited. You let Splitrr go to work and magically calculate what each person owes. The beauty of Splitrr comes once the trip is over, because all you do is hit a button and the app generates a .pdf copy of the calculations that you can send easily to each person.</p> <h2>4. Fairshare</h2> <p>Up to this point we've talked about great apps to solve the common roommate money sharing problem &mdash; you owe me $100, and Bob owes $75, and Sally owes us all $25. What about the household chores? When was the last time your roommate took out the trash, or cleaned the dishes, or what about the dreaded laundry? Suddenly your best friend is your arch rival waging a war over the chore list.</p> <p><a href="http://www.getfairshare.com">Fairshare's</a> motto is &quot;shared living made easy,&quot; because that's the way it should be. This iPhone and Android app made the list of best roommate apps because of its versatility. Fairshare promotes happy living by making household tasks hassle-free. You enter a household task, assign it a time factor for how long it will take to complete, difficulty level, and the person responsible. Once they do the task, you mark it off the list and they receive their household points. Fairshare takes it a step forward with a feature that lets you see how many points each person has, what tasks they've completed, and who has surely dropped the ball. Rounding out the app is a feature that lets you quickly message your roommate and remind them that tonight you expect a home cooked meal when you arrive.</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite roommate apps?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shannah-game">Shannah Game</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apple-watch-apps-thatll-save-you-money">8 Apple Watch Apps That&#039;ll Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-can-fix-your-finances">These 5 Apps Can Fix Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-11-best-parking-apps-for-your-city">The 11 Best Parking Apps for Your City</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology apps budgeting expenses living together roommates Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Shannah Game 1486831 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Score Cheap Rent — Without Annoying Roommates http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-score-cheap-rent-without-annoying-roommates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-score-cheap-rent-without-annoying-roommates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-man-reading-couch-Dollarphotoclub_70838329.jpg" alt="young man reading couch" title="young man reading couch" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United States is in the midst of a rent affordability crisis. While financial advisers will tell you housing should cost no more than 30% of your income, the reality for many people is that rent is commonly much, much more. In fact, half of all renters across the nation <a href="http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/jchs_americas_rental_housing_2013_1_0.pdf">spend well more than 30%</a>&nbsp;of their gross income on housing.</p> <p>Yet, finding a cheap place to rent isn't pure fantasy. We've all heard of a friend or loved one living in an expensive area for a fraction of the neighbors fork over in rent. So how do they do it? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-haggle-your-way-to-cheaper-rent?ref=seealso">6 Ways to Haggle Your Way to Cheap Rent</a>)</p> <p>Read on for our cheat sheet of the best ways to score cheap rent &mdash; without having to live with a stranger.</p> <h2>1. Seek Out Properties Under Renovation</h2> <p>Housing construction makes a racket, stirs up dust, and jeopardizes parking &mdash; all of which are turn-offs to most potential renters. To compensate, rental offices commonly offer up price concessions, including discounted rents, waived fees, and lower deposits. New renters can usually enjoy these benefits for a full year, even when renovations only last a couple of months.</p> <h2>2. Scope Out an Ugly View</h2> <p>No one fantasizes about <a href="http://www.timeout.com/newyork/style-design/how-to-find-a-cheap-apartment-in-nyc">bedroom window views of highway ramps</a> and abandoned parking lots. But it might be better for your bank account. &quot;Proximity to generally undesirable transportation facilities can be a money saver,&quot; says Ryan Harris, a New York City planner and a representative of the local American Planning Association, told Time Out New York. &quot;Look for areas near elevated train lines, highways, or bridge and tunnel entrances to be more affordable than those even one or two blocks away.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Wait for Winter</h2> <p>Fewer people move in the winter, so landlords are usually ready to cut a deal. New York City resident Susan Goldstein, a designer, says she saved big bucks by planning her most recent move between Thanksgiving and Christmas. &quot;We looked at buildings that offered incentives.&quot; Her broker, David J. Bucci of A.C. Lawrence &amp; Co., said Goldstein was able to get one month of rent free, and the building paid the broker's fee. &quot;The majority of leases turn over during the summer, so the inventory is high, but so are prices and the number of people looking increases dramatically,&quot; Bucci told the city guide. &quot;If you are looking for a deal, the winter months are the way to go.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Become a Live-In Caretaker, Nanny, or Pet Sitter</h2> <p>These opportunities are hard to find. But for those who are lucky enough to score a caretaker gig, the payoff can be astounding. Namely, free or deeply discounted rent in what's typically a fully furnished home. What's the catch? Typically, there isn't one, which is why these living arrangements are so hot. Often it will be a well-to-do couple who wants someone clean, quiet, and reliable to walk the dog and water the begonias while they're away in Europe. Sound like your cup of tea? Check Craigslist, coffee shop bulletin boards, and the classifieds in your local newspaper for potential opportunities.</p> <h2>5. Offer to Sign a Longer Lease</h2> <p>It never hurts to negotiate. In fact, it's rather silly not to try, at the very least. So if the landlord asks for a 6-month commitment, offer up a full year in exchange for a knock-down on the monthly price. If he or she wants you to agree to a year-long commitment, say that you're willing to up the ante to 18 months if they're willing to throw in some extras &mdash; like free parking or a gratis gym membership. Landlords often offer discounts to long-term tenants, but your commitment saves them on turnover expenses such as lost rent during the search for a new tenant, advertising costs, and cleaning fees.</p> <p><em>Have you snagged cheap rent? Share your tips and tricks with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-score-cheap-rent-without-annoying-roommates">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-3-cut-spending">Getting by without a job, part 3--cut spending</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-7-things-when-living-with-roommates">Avoid These 7 Things When Living With Roommates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/renting-is-cheaper">Renting is cheaper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-keeping-you-from-a-life-of-financial-independence">What is keeping you from a life of financial independence?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Real Estate and Housing cheap rent rent roommates Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:00:09 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1271113 at http://www.wisebread.com What to Do Before Moving in With Someone http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-before-moving-in-with-someone <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-to-do-before-moving-in-with-someone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/house-3977705-small.jpg" alt="moving" title="moving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody wants to go into an exciting new situation expecting the worst &mdash; especially when that situation is moving in with someone, whether it&rsquo;s just a new roommate or your significant other. But there are some precautions you can take to ensure that, if one of you ends up moving out earlier than you expect, everyone is financially protected.</p> <h2>1. Make Sure Everyone&rsquo;s Name Is on the Lease</h2> <p>In an article about <a href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/03/28/living-together-financial-advice/">protecting your finances when you move in with someone</a> by Business Insider, this is the first suggestion, and for good reason. First of all, as the article notes,</p> <blockquote> <p>In the unfortunate event that you break up with your partner and one of you has to move out, the person whose name is on the lease is in the best position to maintain possession of the space. If both names are on the lease, you each have a close to equal opportunity to remain in the apartment and renew the lease.</p> </blockquote> <p>Conversely, if you&rsquo;re living with someone who decides to move out early and that person is not on the lease, you could be stuck paying his rent and have no legal recourse. If that person is on the lease, though, he&rsquo;s legally required to keep paying rent.</p> <h2>2. Create a Joint Budget</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re just moving in with roommates, this might be something as simple as noting who buys what shared household items when. But if you&rsquo;re moving in with your significant other, this could be part of a much larger conversation about things like life goals, family planning, and even retirement and long-term care options. If you&rsquo;re not sure how to get the discussion started, check out these tips on talking with a loved one:</p> <p align="center"><a href="http://www1.genworth.com/content/lets_talk/united_states/english/how_to_talk_to_your.html"><img width="350" height="290" align="middle" class="&rdquo;ggnoads&rdquo;" alt="Genworth Guide" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/Picture%2017.png" /></a></p> <h2>3. Maintain an Emergency Fund</h2> <p>I once stayed in a relationship partially because I didn&rsquo;t have the money to move out of the house we shared. That&rsquo;s not a valid reason to continue dating someone, but I was stuck because I didn&rsquo;t have an emergency fund. Similarly, if your roommate turns out to be crazy or you discover that your apartment building has an incurable roach problem, you want to have the financial cushion to get yourself out of the situation immediately. The roach thing actually happened to me as well &mdash; but because I had a proper emergency fund at this point, I was able to move out almost immediately.</p> <h2>4. Understand What&rsquo;s Important to the Other Person</h2> <p>We all have our quirks &mdash; but those quirks can come into sharp relief when you move in with someone. Discuss expectations about your living situation &mdash; how often should different areas be cleaned, and who should clean them? Are there quiet hours to be observed? Rules for having visitors over?</p> <h2>5. Understand That the Other Person Might Hate Your Stuff</h2> <p>And you might hate some of theirs. Open up the space for free (respectful) discussion. Find ways to compromise (you get to keep the orange couch if he gets to keep the lamp shaped like a fireman*), keep these items in your personal space, or if you have the option, shop for new items together.</p> <h2>6. Enjoy It</h2> <p>The best cohabitation situations aren&rsquo;t just to save money. While you won&rsquo;t always love having another person around (even if that person is the love of your life), there should be a certain joy to sharing a space with someone, whether it&rsquo;s a roommate or a partner. Have fun!</p> <p><em>What advice do you have for people who are thinking about moving in together?</em></p> <p>* This is a real lamp; I&rsquo;ve seen it.</p> <p><i>This article was made possible by the support and inspiration from&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.genworth.com/">Genworth Financial</a>, a S&amp;P 500 insurance&nbsp;company with more than $100 billion in assets. Check out Genworth's website for other life planning information, such as this <a href="http://www1.genworth.com/content/lets_talk/ri_us/english/home.html">guide to retirement</a>.<br /> </i></p><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-before-moving-in-with-someone">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-simple-ways-to-split-bills-with-your-spouse">3 Simple Ways to Split Bills With Your Spouse</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-to-never-do-when-sharing-finances">6 Things to Never Do When Sharing Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-go-from-two-incomes-to-one">How to Go From Two Incomes to One</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sensible-ways-to-raise-cash-for-a-wedding">Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-fears-and-how-to-squash-them">5 Money Fears and How to Squash Them</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Lifestyle marriage moving in together Relationship roommates Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:36:36 +0000 Meg Favreau 980374 at http://www.wisebread.com How a Big Family Survives in a Home With One Bathroom http://www.wisebread.com/how-a-big-family-survives-in-a-home-with-one-bathroom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-a-big-family-survives-in-a-home-with-one-bathroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bathroom-1844041-small.jpg" alt="bathroom" title="bathroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Growing up in an old farmhouse, I shared a single, tiny bathroom with my mother, father, and sister. It was actually a converted closet between two bedrooms. You had to wake someone up to use it in the middle of the night. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-big-of-a-house-do-you-really-need" target="_blank">How Big of a House Do You Really Need?</a>)</p> <p>Today, I am blessed to have a three-bedroom ranch with a bathroom accessible from the hallway and that&rsquo;s large enough for everyone to be in at the same time &mdash; if need be. With a total of seven in the house (soon to be eight), however, I would be lying if I said that it was an ideal situation. Here are my best tips for coping with a single water closet, even with a large family.</p> <h2>1. Close Off the Toilet</h2> <p>Let&rsquo;s be honest; the main reason people need a bathroom is to &quot;do their business.&quot; While we can have the entire family in the bathroom brushing their teeth, we each need privacy when it comes time for private matters. If you have the ability to add a wall and door between the sink area and the toilet, you can entertain more multitasking without losing decency.</p> <h2>2. Add Another Sink</h2> <p>Our 1960&rsquo;s style bathroom has a countertop and mirror that goes the entire length of the bathroom. And one tiny sink. Obviously, we will be adding another small sink to the setup, giving the room a &quot;his and hers&quot; option for hygiene matters. (If you&rsquo;ve ever had to spit your toothbrush water at the same time as a sibling, you understand the value here.)</p> <h2>3. Reward Off-Peak Use</h2> <p>We homeschool, so there isn&rsquo;t the usual rush to get everyone showered, dressed, and out the door all at once. We still have what we call &quot;peak hours,&quot; however, when everyone seems to need to use the bathroom at the same time. If you have some flexibility with when you let kids bathe, encourage them to do so during hours when the bathroom is most likely to be empty. This can be earlier than when other family members wake up, or when the rest of the house is gaming or reading. The reward can be anything from an extra five minutes on the shower clock to access to a fancy body wash to just knowing that there will be enough hot water to see the process through.</p> <h2>4. Remove &quot;Non-Bathroom&quot; Essentials</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever held together a bleeding knee gash while you wait impatiently for a child to do their number two, you know how frustrating it can be to have to share a bathroom. Luckily, there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-space-survival-strategies" target="_blank">a common sense way</a> to make sure you are never waiting for a toiletry, towel, or first aid item when the room is occupied. Clear out a small shelf in your kitchen cupboard and designate this as your backup storage for these items. (You could also install a simple hall shelving system between two studs for these items to reside full-time.)</p> <h2>5. Set Up Hygiene Stations Elsewhere</h2> <p>Does it really matter what room your brush your teeth in? How about curling your hair? If you have preteens and teens in the home, they really should be handling most primping activities inside their own rooms, if possible. As far as brushing teeth and washing hands go, keeping a small but clean area for these activities near a utility or kitchen sink can keep the bathroom chaos down significantly.</p> <h2>6. Avoid Creating an &quot;Enjoyable&quot; Bathroom Experience</h2> <p>We all admittedly like to relax a bit when we <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spa-bathrooms-on-the-cheap" target="_blank">retreat to the bathroom</a>. As a mom of five, you could lose an eye for telling me I must rush when I get the chance to sneak away for a shower or bathroom break. For children, however, there isn&rsquo;t as much as a need to create an atmosphere of serenity in the bathroom. Remove reading materials or distractions that could keep them in the potty longer than they need to get the job done.</p> <h2>7. Embrace and Reinforce Manners</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve heard of families with one bathroom per child, and they still had issues fighting over them. To me, it&rsquo;s not always about having enough bathrooms in your home; it&rsquo;s about learning to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-dont-people-share-more" target="_blank">get along with others</a>. There are many times in life when you&rsquo;ll be asked to share real estate: in college, on airplanes, or when you marry, for example. Teaching kids that they aren&rsquo;t entitled to anything (bathrooms included) will go a long way in helping them to learn to be patient, regardless of the square footage at their disposal.</p> <p>How many bathrooms did you grow up with? Chances are, it&rsquo;s far less than what you expect from a modern home today. Even if you didn&rsquo;t get the home layout of your dreams, you can make the one bathroom scenario work!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-a-big-family-survives-in-a-home-with-one-bathroom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent">The Benefits of Having a Roommate (Besides Saving on Rent)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nanny-sharing-lowering-the-cost-of-personal-childcare">Nanny Sharing: Lowering the Cost of Personal Childcare</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-tips-for-a-smooth-nanny-share">Five Tips for a Smooth Nanny Share</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-for-balancing-love-and-money">10 Tips for Balancing Love and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads">6 Best Jobs for Working Moms and Dads</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family bathroom roommates sharing small houses Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:48:34 +0000 Linsey Knerl 976254 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Have a Good Roommate Relationship http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-good-roommate-relationship <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-have-a-good-roommate-relationship" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3218131407_f4c5b40ae9_z.jpg" alt="roommates" title="roommates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="176" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the years I&rsquo;ve had my fair share of roommates &mdash; and not all of them were ideal.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve had roommates who have eaten my food and failed to pick up after themselves, and I&rsquo;ve had roommates who never paid a dime toward household cleaning products or toilet paper even. It may seem like these are insignificant issues that one can overlook (and maybe you can the first time), but trust me, they breed feelings of resentment after a while, and that ultimately turns the living arrangement sour.</p> <p>Want to know what it takes to be a good roommate? Consider these tips from someone who has lived and learned. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent">The&nbsp;Benefits of Having a Roommate</a>)</p> <h3>Establish Expectations From the Beginning</h3> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re moving into someone&rsquo;s existing situation or you&rsquo;re welcoming a new roommate into yours, it&rsquo;s good practice to set the ground rules and establish expectations from the start. Do you hate dishes in the sink like I do? Then express that to your roommate so they&rsquo;re conscious of washing their dishes after each use. Let your roommate know your schedule so they know when quiet times should be observed, and decide on how you&rsquo;ll split expenses on food (if you plan to share it) and other household necessities. When everyone is on the same page at the beginning, it&rsquo;s easier to get along later on.</p> <h3>Give Your Roommate Space</h3> <p>Not all roommates like each other, so even if you&rsquo;re living under the same roof, you don&rsquo;t have to be besties. If your roommate isn&rsquo;t particularly fond of you, don&rsquo;t push the boundaries in hopes that they&rsquo;ll learn to like you; doing so will only make you seem like a psycho. On the other hand, if you have a roommate who is smothering you, let them know that you need a little privacy now and then. Maybe you can do like the boss does and open the bedroom door when you&rsquo;re available and close it when you want to be alone.</p> <h3>Invite Your Roommate Out With You</h3> <p>I know this point may seem contradictory to the one before it, but inviting your roommate out to dinner in your neighborhood is not the same thing as following them around the house half the day. That said, roommates need time to form a bond and the best way to do that &mdash; that I&rsquo;ve found, at least &mdash; is to engage in an activity that you both enjoy. For instance, my former roommates and I used to play trivia at a local bar on Wednesday nights. This gave us ample time to talk (sometimes about things going on around the house) and to learn more about each other, both of which enhanced the roommate dynamic.</p> <h3>Mind Your Manners</h3> <p>This suggestion relates to other guests that you may invite into the house, specifically the overnight kind. When that happens, there are two things you should keep in mind: 1) They&rsquo;re your guests, and you are responsible for them, and 2) you share this home with someone else who probably doesn&rsquo;t want to see or hear you doing youknowwhat. I once lived with a guy who was doing youknowwhat right there in the living room with some girl he met at a bar. I found it rude, unsanitary, and completely appalling &mdash; and I never sat on that filthy couch again.</p> <h3>Keep Common Areas Clean</h3> <p>Anybody who has ever lived with me &mdash; several of my friends and my husband included &mdash; knows that I&rsquo;m a neat freak. Everything has its place in my world, and I can&rsquo;t live in a house full of chaos. What you do in your own area is your business as far as I&rsquo;m concerned, but common areas should be kept clean. Nobody wants to wash someone else's dishes, or wipe someone else&rsquo;s syrup up from the counter, or clean someone else&rsquo;s whiskers out of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-%E2%80%9Cyuck%E2%80%9D-to-yes">bathroom sink</a>. It&rsquo;s each roommate&rsquo;s responsibility to keep common areas tidy so everyone can enjoy them all the same.</p> <h3>Don&rsquo;t Eat Your Roommate&rsquo;s Food</h3> <p>If you and your roommates keep separate food, you know how annoying it is when someone else eats yours. I don&rsquo;t particularly mind it when I have a full bag or box of something &ndash; I know how to share &ndash; but I get rather angry when I have a craving for something I bought only to find out that it&rsquo;s gone when I go to grab it. Roommates shouldn&rsquo;t have to keep food under lock and key. If you generally keep your hands off &mdash; buying your own food helps in this context &mdash; you&rsquo;ll be fine. If you have a roommate, however, who doesn&rsquo;t follow that rule, it might be time for a lesson in cohabitating etiquette.</p> <h3>Contribute Equally to Joint Costs</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m proactive about keeping common supplies stocked &mdash; which led one of my former roommates to take advantage. He never bought a single thing for the house &mdash; no dish soap, no propane for the grill, no toilet paper &mdash; but he didn&rsquo;t have a problem using the items he didn&rsquo;t pay for. I confronted him a couple times about chipping in toward the costs of these items, and he said he would but never handed over any cash. After a while I started hiding my TP in my bedroom, forcing him to buy his own, too. I didn&rsquo;t want to have to do that because it made me feel petty, but I didn&rsquo;t want to share supplies with someone who didn&rsquo;t pitch in. Everyone should pitch in for common items &mdash; no if, ands, or buts.</p> <h3>Split Chores Equitably</h3> <p>This is another point of contention that can turn an amicable roommate relationship into a war zone. While each roommate should do their individual part to keep the common areas tidy at all times, they should also be mindful of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chore-time-allowances-for-adults">distribution of chores</a>. If you notice your roommate emptying the dishwasher, you should do it next time. Same goes for taking out the garbage, cleaning the toilet and tub, mopping the floor, and other chores that nobody wants to do but that have to get done.</p> <p>While all of these tips can preemptively ward off a potential problem, when an issue among roommates is brewing the best way to handle the situation is to talk about it. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-communicate-better-today">Open lines of communication</a> and a genuine sense of accountability are the keys to having a good roommate relationship. Of course, that&rsquo;s not always possible &mdash; some people are real pieces of work &mdash; and in those cases, cut your losses and move on.</p> <p>Now it&rsquo;s your turn. I&rsquo;d love to hear some of your roommate horror stories and suggestions on how to have a good roommate relationship. Let me know in the comments below.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-have-a-good-roommate-relationship">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chore-time-allowances-for-adults">Chore Time: Allowances for Adults</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-awesome-uses-for-milk-crates">20 Awesome Uses for Milk Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mcmansion-to-mccottage-why-smaller-houses-are-smarter">McMansion to McCottage: Why Smaller Houses Are Smarter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-home-diy-projects-you-can-do-in-one-day">10 Home DIY Projects You Can Do in One Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Lifestyle chores communication roommates sharing expenses Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:24:22 +0000 Mikey Rox 941397 at http://www.wisebread.com The Benefits of Having a Roommate (Besides Saving on Rent) http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/roommates.jpg" alt="Roommates" title="Roommates" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="138" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since leaving home 12 years ago, when I was 18, I&rsquo;ve always lived with someone else.</p> <p>Most people my age have, in fact. Either they&rsquo;re cohabitating with a lover, or they want to cut down on expenses by sharing space with others. And who doesn&rsquo;t? We all want to save wherever we can.</p> <p>For me, I enjoyed the rent savings that comes with sharing a house or apartment, but also I prefer to have someone around so I&rsquo;m not lonely (and because I&rsquo;m afraid of the dark &mdash; I feel better knowing someone else is there; go ahead and make fun of me in the comments below).</p> <p>But besides those few reasons just mentioned, there are several other benefits to having a roommate. Take a look at what I&rsquo;ve come up with, and tell me if you agree. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-you-should-and-shouldnt-rent">When&nbsp;You Should and Shouldn't Rent</a>)</p> <h3>1. To Share the Cost of Household Essentials</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re living with other people, it&rsquo;s everyone&rsquo;s responsibility to clean the house and share the cost of the cleaning supplies. If that&rsquo;s not happening, it can create an awkward living situation. True story &mdash; I once lived with a closet crackhead who contributed zilch to the house, barely paid his rent, and invited friends over and let them tear into food that I had just purchased. You want to avoid confrontations with roommates at all costs to keep the peace, and pitching in equally in terms of household duties and supplies is critical.</p> <h3>2. For Carpooling</h3> <p>I doubt you and your roommate work together, but if you do, you&rsquo;ve hit the jackpot on saving on gas and allowing your car to last longer by not using it as often. Even if you don&rsquo;t work together, however, you can still carpool to other places, such as the grocery store or the mall if you both need or want to go at the same time. When I lived with roommates, I would always let them know when I was going someplace that they might be interested in. I was happy to give them a lift &mdash; plus, I had company. One of them (not the crackhead) would return the favor whenever he was going someplace that he thought I might need to go.</p> <h3>3. To Split Entertainment Fees</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s common for roommates to split utilities and cable, but there are other items that can be shared as well. For instance, a Netflix account. If you live in the same house, there&rsquo;s no reason to have more than one Netflix account. You&rsquo;ll have to work out a way to make it work for all parties involved. The one-DVD-at-a-time plan probably isn&rsquo;t a good idea &mdash; nobody will ever agree on a movie &mdash; but the three-DVDs-at-a-time plan could work for two or more roommates, and everyone saves more money than if they had their own separate subscriptions. Same goes for magazines. If you both like a particular magazine, why not go in half on the subscription?</p> <h3>4. To Sit Your Pet</h3> <p>Anybody with a pet knows that dog-sitting and boarding expenses can take a large chunk of change out of your pocket at the most inopportune time &mdash; you could use that extra money while you&rsquo;re on vacation. If you have a roommate, he or she will likely be more than happy to take care of your pet while you&rsquo;re away. Politely ask them if it&rsquo;s possible, and offer to show your appreciation by taking them out to dinner, which, unless they&rsquo;re a glutton, will cost much less than you&rsquo;d pay for professional pet services. If you want to save even more money, suggest repaying them by doing something around the house, like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-%E2%80%9Cyuck%E2%80%9D-to-yes">cleaning the bathroom</a> or another activity that your roommate might normally do.</p> <h3>5. To Become Order-In Buddies</h3> <p>Unless you plan to eat the whole pizza by yourself, you should ask your roommate to share the food and the cost with you. By doing this, nothing will go to waste, and you&rsquo;ll both be satisfied for less. This works for any kind of order-in that has a minimum delivery threshold, really. If the item you want is $7, but there&rsquo;s a $10 minimum, you&rsquo;ll probably end up purchasing an additional item you don&rsquo;t want to meet the minimum. Before you do that, though, ask the roommate if there&rsquo;s anything he or she would like. It&rsquo;ll save you a few bucks.</p> <h3>6. To Deter Would-Be Intruders</h3> <p>Some roommates have different schedules &mdash; and that can be a good thing. If someone is always home, there&rsquo;s less of a chance of an intruder getting away with your stuff. I once lived with roommates, and we had a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cant-afford-a-home-alarm-system-you-probably-already-have-one">break-in</a> in the middle of the day. No one was home at the time, but if they were, they could have stopped him. However, if I were the unfortunate one to have been home at the time, I would&rsquo;ve hidden under the bed like a coward. Note to you &mdash; don&rsquo;t ever live with me.</p> <h3>7. To Unlock the Door When You&rsquo;ve Lost Your Keys</h3> <p>This has happened to me on several occasions, and I was thankful that my roommate was home when I called so he could unlock the door for me. Better than sitting on the stoop forever, or even worse, calling a locksmith.</p> <h3>8. To Have Your Back When You&rsquo;ve Had Too Much</h3> <p>When I lived in Baltimore, I had a roommate who I would go out on the town with. And on occasion, I would have too much, but he always got me home safely. I did the same for him; we had each other&rsquo;s backs. Even if you&rsquo;re not going out together, it&rsquo;s still great to have someone in the house to make sure you haven&rsquo;t overdone it when you stumble home, and if you have, to make the right decision regarding your well-being.</p> <p><em>What are some other benefits to having a roommate? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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