Ongoing expenses: Services and Food

food and serviceIn almost all cases, your electricity, water, gas and telephone bills are evenly split between everyone who lives in the house. But if one particular person uses a lot more of one particular service, they are obviously expected to pay extra. For example, if one of your flat- mates calls their best friend in Canada every second day, the phone bill is going to skyrocket—and it is that person’s individual responsibility to pay for the extra expense.

Ongoing expenses: Rent

rentEarlier on I talked about the major expenses you face when you move out of home into a place of your own, whether you are living by yourself or sharing with others. Obviously, when you live by yourself you have to pay all the household expenses yourself; when you live with other people you split the bills between you. Expenses need to be discussed as soon as you decide to move in together. Usually they are shared equally, but in some cases you need to make exceptions.