Planing to split the electricity bill with a new roommate - how should the bill be managed in terms of payment so that I protect myself?
June 28, 2012 8:25 PM Subscribe
Planing to split the electricity bill with a new roommate - how should the bill be managed in terms of payment so that I protect myself? I don't want to get screwed some how.
posted by proficiency101 to home & garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Living with another roommate, and we decided that since she's leaving for out of the country in the next month and will be away, that I should put the electricity bill under my name. I kinda fell uncomfortable with having a bill with my name on it. One, I feel that I would get stuck with having to pay for something in advance and even though we agree to split the costs, I'm not easy with having her pay me. Would rather get the bill and then have her pay me directly and then use that money to pay the bill.
So although this whole thing may sound silly - is there a best way to handle this? Should I pay for the bill first - and then have her give me the money; or should I just tell her directly to pay me half and then cash that check and then pay for it through my entire name? Sorry if this sounds stupid I just feel like I end up paying for things even though I get reimbursed in a way. Is there a better solution to this? Or what have other people done - so that I just feel more comfortable about this? Thanks.