Will I Ever Be Able To Afford To Live Alone?
Megan Reynolds
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This is something I’ve been thinking about lately. For the past four years, I’ve been sharing the third-floor of a triple-decker with a roommate I’ve known since kindergarten. We get along exceedingly well, my living expenses come to less than 30% of my income, our rent is increasing for the first time this year (and by a VERY modest amount), and I can afford a lot more apartment than I would on my own. It’s a lovely situation for the present, BUT…

Assuming everything goes according to plan, in two years, I’ll pretty much be finished with my student loans and I’ll be 33, and mayyybe I should find my own place by that age… ? I like quiet and isolation and the prospect of living “like a real adult.” On the other hand, though, I’m a cheapskate and thrilled to pieces at the idea of having an extra $300 in my checking account each month. Why spend that on rent? Also, Boston is getting more ridiculously expensive by the day, and I’m not sure I will actually be able to afford anything on my own by then anyway. I kind of think I’d almost rather live with a roommate than live by myself but have to slog in to work from the suburbs every day.

Ugh. Decisions.

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