Don’t Date Your Roommate!

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It’ll start out innocently enough. Two cash strapped young adults – male and female – decide to co-sign a lease together in an effort to save money on rent and utilities.

Then something begins to happen. You see each other every day and after a while, the mutual attraction can no longer be denied. You started out as roommates, but it has quickly become much more.

In the beginning, it’s nice to have someone to come home to after a long day. No expensive cab or train rides can keep you from seeing one another. Playing house is fun for a while – cooking for each other, binging on Netflix while cuddled on the sofa. It really is the best time ever.

But problems start to arise when you’re forced to be in the presence of your roommate/significant other 24/7. There’s no escape. Arguments about laundry and dirty dishes become commonplace – issues that typically only arise in long-term relationships. The union accelerates at an unnatural speed, which means that the chances of it ending well are slim to none.

So, given all of this, is dating your roommate worth it – even if it means saving big bucks every month?

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Privacy Please: 5 Nice Ways to Kick Out Your Roommate on Valentine’s Day

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, you’ll surely hear more contempt for the day – how it’s overly commercialized and actually has nothing to do with love. Scorned hearts will go on and on about how it’s really all about raking in more money for major corporations. Some even refer to it as the ultimate “Hallmark Holiday.” Perhaps they’re just bitter because they won’t be receiving a giant teddy bear and a generic card filled with outsourced emotions.

Nope. Sappy love songs, heart-shaped chocolates and overpriced grocery store roses will not sweep them off their feet this year.

But when cupid’s got a hold on you, there’s no better time to show your affection than on Valentine’s Day. Getting quality time in with your better half is a must. But how do you approach the most romantic day of the year when your super single roommate thinks that cupid is stupid?

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When You Move, Do You Take Your Roommate With You?

Is your potential new apartment the perfect size ... for you alone? If so, you may need to live on your own instead of keeping your roommate.

Is your potential new apartment the perfect size … for you alone? If so, you may need to live on your own instead of keeping your roommate.

Picture this: You’ve fallen hopelessly in love … with the perfect new apartment. It’s just your style, it’s close to your school or workplace, your current lease is ending anyway, and best of all, it’s in your price range. In short, you like it, so you want to put a ring on it (and by “put a ring on it,” we mean “sign a lease.”)

Oh, but it’s not that simple! What about … dun dun duuunnn … your roommate? If you share your home with someone else, you’re going to have to take him or her into consideration if you want to move. And the big decision you have to make is: Do you move alone, or do you take your roomie with you?

It’s a tough one, but here are a few questions you need to ask yourself to help you make that choice.

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Furniture Feud: 7 Ways to Divide Your Things After a Breakup

Furniture Feud: 7 Ways to Divide Your Things After a BreakupOnce a happy relationship goes sour, the hassle of moving out and moving on becomes the focus. When two lives (and sets of belongings) come together, how do you go about splitting everything up? With judges, lawyers and pre-nups, the lines are clearly drawn for married folks, but what about couples that have lived together without walking down the aisle?

The whole situation is a catch-22. On one hand, you don’t want to transfer bad karma to your new place with a bunch of things that remind you of your ex. But at the same token, you probably can’t afford to buy all new stuff.

So, what’s a brokenhearted guy or girl to do?

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He’s Hot… She’s Cold: How To Compromise Your Apartment Temperature

what temperature to keep apartmentAre you guilty of turning the thermostat up or down when your partner isn’t looking? Don’t be ashamed, lots of us are guilty of this apartment/relationship sin. And the deception is sure to increase as winter approaches.

Much like men are from Mars and women are from Venus, it’s been said that men are always hot while the ladies tend to be cold. But how does this gender disparity bode for the living quarters when both disagree on the temperature?

Adjusting the thermostat every hour is the last thing you want to do. Trust us – that heating bill will skyrocket! Some might even suggest separate beds or separate rooms – gasp! So, what can the two of you do to remain comfortable and warm (or cool) this season?

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5 Major Signs You’re Not Ready to Move In Together

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Are you really ready to take that step and move in with your significant other? Read on to find out if it’s really the right move for you!

After dating someone for a while, the question of moving in together is bound to come up. At first, it seems like a logical idea. After all, why pay for two apartments when you’re spending all your time together anyway?

But just because it seems to make financial sense doesn’t make it an all-around good decision. There are lots of other factors that need to be fleshed out if moving in together is a hot topic of conversation between love birds.

Are you really ready to move in with your boo? Here are some signs that you should probably think twice before planning an elaborate his and her living space.

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Shake Up Your Valentine’s Day Routine

Valentine’s Day is rolling around again, and, for some, hopes are high. For others, the active word might be “terror.”

Shake Up Your Valentine's Day Routine

If you’ve fallen out of love with Valentine’s Day and its all-too-typical routine, try an alternative this year and see how your sweetie responds. Take control and celebrate February 14th the way you want with one of these ideas that just might be worthy of the day.

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How to Create a Happy Home

How to Create a Happy Home

As the days become shorter and nights grow longer, you may yearn for more sunshine in your apartment. Though you can’t control the weather, you can add happiness and warmth to your space by channeling all things feel-good and smile-inducing. Ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder before it begins by adding a few of the cheery objects or actions below into your home.

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Learn to Petwork: Find Pet Groups in San Diego

Off-leash dog parks are great places to let your pooch run free while you get to know some fellow dog lovers.

Off-leash dog parks are great places to let your pooch run free while you get to know some fellow dog lovers.

If you’re a pet lover who has recently moved to San Diego, it can be tough finding like-minded folks that share your passion for pets. So check out our handy guide for San Diego pet lovers.

For all you San Diego dog lovers, check out Meetup.com, where several dog groups have already formed.

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