Should I give up my life alone?
April 6, 2012 10:54 AM Subscribe
Has you ever gone (voluntarily, without pressing financial/other need) from living alone to living in a roommate/group house situation again? Is it worth it?
posted by downing street memo to Work & Money (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So, I'm currently living in a pretty nice 1br apartment in DC. I can afford it, it's in a great area, has an amazing balcony, etc. etc. And I really enjoy living alone.
But lately I've been cringing every time I write my rent check. Although I can afford it, it's still a substantial fraction of my monthly income, some of which is theoretically variable. And while I currently have some ability to save money, that would pretty much go out the window if I were to lose the variable part of my income.
What's more, I'm not happy with my current rate of savings - currently, I can put away $1100 a month - but I want to travel, have a nice emergency fund/cushion, and eventually save for a down payment on a house in (very expensive) DC. Basically, I want to accomplish those goals, while not having to worry about money as much as I do now.
So I'm considering leaving my apartment and moving to a group house around the corner. I've met the people - they're very nice, seemingly friendly and undramatic - and the house is immaculate, although there's only one full bath shared between 4 residents.
Some potentially mitigating circumstances: two of the residents of the house are a couple (this could be good? or bad? you tell me). My girlfriend has her own place where I can stay essentially whenever I like, in case I get tired of housemates. The room is very large and would fit everything I own, minus my couch.
What do you think - should I do this, even though I have no real pressing need to?