(Closed) When did you stop having roommates?

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Post # 31
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

What I can afford and what I choose to spend are two different things.

I actually had housemates up until this past August, technically (though I moved out in early May–I just kept paying my portion of the lease).  In fact, the four years Darling Husband and I dated/were engaged I moved 4 times and every time had a housemate. (Including the first place I was at when I met him.)

The last time I moved (the 4th) it was to a new city and he and I moved in together (just a few months before the wedding).

I love most of my ex-housemates, and invited all but the first two who I lived with when I met him to the wedding.  I’ve been very lucky with respect to housemates.  Even the first two, who I’m not close with, weren’t bad housemates–we just never “clicked”.  Their biggest flaw was that they sat in front of the TV nonstop, so I helped pay the $150/month cable bill for a TV I could never access.  Honestly, as far as housemate flaws go.. that’s pretty minor.

Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I had roommates all 5 years of my undergrad, but I lived in on-campus housing. Once I graduated at 22, I got a job moved back in with my parents for 2 years. It was pretty hard to do after living ‘on my own’ away at college for so long, but after living with multiple sets roommates with various personalities (messy, loud, etc.) living with my parents was a breeze. It was only an adjustment to remember to check in with them and change my party life a bit, but worth it to not pay rent. 

I originally wanted to get my own apartment ASAP, but decided to work for a few years while living at my parents and save for a house. They allowed me to live there rent free under the condition that I was working and putting my money in savings. About two and a half years later, at 25, I bought my own house and moved out of my parents house. Although I was dating my husband at the time, it had only been a year, so I moved out alone. I absolutely LOVED living alone and I am sooo glad I took the time to do it before he moved in with me a few years later. I highly recommend living alone at least once in your life for anyone who can afford it! 

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

iv never had roomates but we are getting a house next year and will be getting a roomate and will probably keep one as long as we need to finacially.

lucky for us the house is 85% towards having a basem,ent apartment so we can keep renting that out even after we stop having an upstairs roomate 🙂

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Living in the Bay Area, I got my first place without a roommate at 27. Furnishing via Craigalist is really doable. I’ve also found some great estate sales and gotten high quality, beautiful items from older people in wealthy neighborhoods who were getting rid of things. I’ve really scored with people refinishing their homes and getting rid of things that were like new but didn’t match their new decor.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I had a roommate until 21, becuase I thought it would be fun to live with my BFF. I was half right. 

 

Then she moved out and I lived alone until my (now)FI moved in. I didn’t enjoy living alone, but I understand why others do. 

Post # 40
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

akshali2000 :  I’ll answer that with respect to when I had housemates, since now I don’t (I also earn a lot more now, though even if I didn’t I’d still pay less).  I made 20k per year roughly as a graduate student, and spent 730/month the first year (ugh), then down to 650 or so per month the next two years, then 460 per month the last two years.  Some people on my same salary did live on their own, so it was doable.. just a lot tighter.

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