At one point or another you’ll experience that feeling of craving your own space. So, what do you do? You move out of your parent’s house…and get a roommate. Living on your own is expensive. With a roommate, the bills are less of a burden but living with someone else can also have its difficulties. Who pays what? How are you going to split the bills? Who’s furnishing the house or apartment? These are all things to consider when moving out. Here are some tips on how to make your life easier.
One of the best tools you have is the ability to communicate. This will be extra important when it comes to sharing expenses. Do yourselves a favor and communicate about what bills you’ll have and how you’ll pay them. Talk to your roommates right away when a problem arises so there isn’t tension about anything.
Develop a game plan. When expenses are organized and divided between people they’re easier to keep track of. Here are some ways you can organize your expenses:
Pay for some things separately
When you live with a roommate, things like rent and utility expenses should be split amongst the group (aka the things you all use). But, some things should be paid for separately. Some of them being:
Living with a roommate doesn’t have to be such a scary thing. It can really be fun! With these helpful tools, you’re now ready to have that conversation with your soon-to-be roommate.
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