Would You Pool Your Income With Your Roommates?
Nicole Dieker

With my current income? No. But I did briefly consider applying for a service year program that involved living together with the other participants. There was a stipend, and you got to keep some and the rest went into a house fund for groceries, transportation, and other group needs and wants. I think that might have worked because a) it was all young adults without kids or families b) it was part of a service program, so hopefully people would be honest and responsible c) everyone made the same amount d) everyone got some personal money and e) it was for a limited time period. Even with those protections, I imagine there would be a LOT of tedious discussing/bargaining/negotiating/messy feelings. Maybe it would be worth it for the sake of community and shared values, but just thinking about it gives me a headache…

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