Update on housemate not putting in for shared groceries
May 18, 2009 5:27am CST
Some of you may remember my post about my housemate not putting any money in for the shared groceries like bread, milk, sugar & cleaning products...The update is that she does now!! I put up a nasty sign on the fridge like I did about the housework basically saying that she needs to put $20 in a month or buy her own & put her name on it & if she didn't like it, she could stick it where the sun don't shine & not use what she didn't pay for. She now does put in money for it!!!YAY
18 May 09
I haven't read your posting about this before but what you did is very effective. And that's great news then, your housemate sounds like my housemate before. It's pretty annoying if they don't give something and keep using your own things and eat with your food. that's so shame.
• Morristown, New Jersey
18 May 09
Great! Sounds good. I guess that being assertive really worked well. I used to have a problem with one of my housemates stealing my food. Unfortunately I had three housemates and we never knew who it was. I had my suspicions but I never was able to prove it. I should have gotten a secret camera. We each claimed to have had food stolen from us. One person was lying, and doing the stealing! It was really annoying. I'm glad I don't live there now- I have no roommates now but the cat, and she stays out of the fridge :-)
3 Sep 09
Good!! I would not live with someone if we could not share with eachother. My husband pays for good and utilities, i pay for rent, and the phones (house, cell) and we pay for our leisure. It comes out about the same in the end. Of course now he's received a ather large pay bonus, so that puts his income at almost twice what mine is, so he is now willing to give me a bit of spending money anytime I need it (and I use the term loosely, because I very seldom ask for money, but if I ever need to, it's there!!).
13 Nov 09
The nice thing about Hubby and I is that we are both on low incomes, so there is very little "I do more than do you." Also, there's no neurotic division of "one from me, one from you, one from me, one from you...my turn, your turn" because the one big thing I pay for, and the many smaller things he pays for amount to about the same in the end anyway. OK his small income is a little bit more than my small income, so he helps me with a few other things, but I take a lot of that "help" and hide it somewhere. In other words, if I need an extra $75 for something, I'll tell him I need an extra $100, and I put the extra $25 away into an emergency account he doesn't know about. LOL Then when an emergency hits, I mysteriously pull money out of nowhere, and all is well. He has a pretty good idea of how the money gets there, so when there are emergencies it's not like "I always bail us out," just that I make sure there's a bail fund to fall back on.