Post # 1
The other thread about living with parents/in-laws got me thinking. Does anyone have roommates of any kind? Currently my wife and I have 2. Our lease is up in April and we are considering our options. Currently we only pay $300 a month for all of the household bills/utilites. It’s a hard pill to swallow that we will be paying at least 5x that on our own.
Anyways, does anyone else have roommates? What are your reasons?
PS.. save the holier-than-thou roommates are so below me crap.. good for you if you don’t have them. 🙂
Post # 3
Yes. SO and I have been living with his mother, sister, and his mother’s bf for the past two months.
I love living with his sister. She’s great.
His mother is another story. She is a loose cannon. She gets so bitchy over absolutely nothing. Her boyfriend is a lazy ass. They do hardscaping in the spring, summer and fall. The winters are rough on them so they either don’t work and mooch off her dad, mooch off of us, or do odd jobs. They just started selling catalytic converters, so we’ll see how that goes. We moved in there to save the house. They had a $600 electric bill, were $4,500 behind on the mortgage, and were a couple weeks away from foreclosure. We have definitely had problems living with them, but we have paid for rent months ahead and they have no money to pay us back and let us leave early. We don’t really want to anyway, although we have regretted moving in during a couple fights.
We rent a 35′ x 10′ room. We have a living room and bedroom setup and a big pen for my bunnies.
We pay $600/mo plus split certain bills. So cheap! Up until a couple months ago, we had lived together, just the two of us, for the past 8 yrs.
His mother and her boyfriend are both pains in the ass. They really are. We have gotten into screaming matches, but I’m still glad we moved in here. It’s great saving so much money and I love living with his sister.
Post # 4
I’m currently away at college still so I have an apartment with 3 friends there. FI visits every once and awhile and it’s kinda strange. I don’t think I could ever have roommates after we’re married. We bought a house back home but we would have waited to get married if we had to live with other people.
Post # 5
I spent 5 years with roommates. Especially now that it’s been just me and my SO for a year and half, I could never ever go back. I’m done with roommates. Shelling out nearly double in rent is 100% worth it to me!
Post # 6
We have housemates. My husband and I share with his brother and a friend of ours. It makes it easier living with people you know. We lived in shared accommodation for about 3 years, and I hated it. We lived with people we didn’t know. This arrangement is much better for everyone, and we’re all happier.
Post # 7
@winstonchurchill: Oh yeah, I agree! I’m done with roommates as well. I had them for a year or so before FH moved in with me. The drama at the end was unbelieveable and petty, and I lost 2 good friends over all of it. So yeah, no more roomies. And especially not best friends.
I’m surprisingly not spending that much more in rent than I was with roomies, but then again part of the drama was trying to get money from them and then having to cover everything myself anyways.
Post # 8
We have a pretty great roommate as far as roommates go. He’s fairly considerate in terms of keeping his clutter to himself, he could vacuum and empty the dishwasher more often, but all things considered we lucked out. If you have to have a roommate, this is the best sort you’re going to get. And he covers half of our mortgage. I just wish he and FI weren’t both afflicted with the “cleaning is women’s work” mentality that they aren’t aware of and is completely ingrained into their psyches, but that’s another story I guess!
That said…I’ve never been a “roommate person”. I have in the past stretched myself too thinly financially for the luxury of having my own place. It’s much more comfortable when someone is renting a room in YOUR house, but at the end of the day I can’t wait until we have our place to ourselves again.