A few weeks ago, I wrote a post over on DINKS Finance that basically lamented what happens to your finances when you go from being in a relationship that splits most of the bills to on your own. Suffice to say… it’s not pretty. And who wants to deal with your bank account getting punched in the gut right while you’re having the same thing happen to your heart?
Funny thing though, there are plenty of monetary issues that benefit from living on your own too. Maybe I just think it’s funny because I had this brilliant realization while in the bathroom today, changing a roll of toilet paper and realizing that I have bought toilet paper once all year – it was one of those giant, mega value packs with like 30 rolls, but still – once. And I’m about to move out of my apartment with 4 rolls to spare.
So it got me thinking, where else have I saved money by being on my own this year?
The biggest money saver has been only doing the things I want to do. I have spent $0 on baseball tickets this year (a big one in my previous relationship), which is delightful as I am 100% indifferent to baseball. Along the same lines, I have spent $0 at Panda Express, a fast food chain I pretty much find disgusting but might have been a certain someone’s favorite.
Also, in the depths of the breakup, I became a sort of weird hermit, which saved even more money. Of course, at some point you have to stop watching old reruns of Northern Exposure and leave your apartment.
Whether or not I eat out is 100% up to me and totally based on my own financial situation. Instead of feeling pressured to eat out more – and to make sure I pay about half of the time, I could literally eat in every day (not that I have). If I do just want to grab dinner on my way home, the $1 empanadas at the corner bodega are plenty for me.
Along the same lines, I can’t imagine how difficult a no-spend week becomes when trying to do it with someone else… maybe that’s actually a great test of a relationship? ;o)
I was completely in charge of when the A/C went on this summer and when the heat went on this winter. I could also save electricity and sit in the dark without anyone judging me or calling me cheap (other than all of you, now that I’ve let the cat out of the bag… and my mother, who thinks I’m endlessly weird).
The quantity of laundry I do is just for one person now… which is great because detergent is surprisingly expensive.
When another relationship ended I had a drastic savings in gas, since I wasn’t driving several hours a week to see him anymore.
So while they say two can live just as cheaply as one – this is pretty much crap… although perhaps the overall savings in rent and utilities evens out buying a little more toilet paper.