The monthly rent payment is typically the largest expense that comes out of your pocket every month. In today's economy where people are losing their jobs, or in some cases able to keep their jobs at reduced pay, the rent now becomes almost impossible to keep up on. There are many programs to help you in paying the rent in these hard times. For those that may have a larger apartment, or a spare room not being used, there is another option for you, getting a roommate.
The term Roommate is a loose term, now mostly meaning a housemate, someone that shares your home with you. This has become a popular alternative to other programs and in some cases to losing your home altogether. Taking in a roommate is a good way to bring in some extra money to cover the rent, and hopefully other expenses. Finding a roommate is not as hard as some may think as there are many services online that specialize in this.
The main advantage of getting a roommate to share your home is obvious; you have extra income coming into your household to help in paying the rent. For those living on their own, you now also have someone to help in the household chores, and hopefully a new friend.