Single teachers, how do you afford to live??!! So, I'm about turn 27 and I've always lived at home. I pay rent, but only $300 a month. I've been able to pay for my master's degree, my car, two study abroad trips, fund my photography hobby, etc.... I know I spend more money than I should, but the money is there, so I spend it on things I want! I know I need to cut back on what I spend, and I'm okay with that. I want to move out, and know that a budget will need to be made and I won't be able to go on as many trips as I am used to, spend as much money on my classroom or my hobbies, etc. However, I do want to save some money every month, and I want some money to have fun and enjoy my hobbies. I don't want to be stuck in a tiny apartment never doing anything because I can't afford it. So, over the past two months, I have looked at over 20 different apartment complexes! I've also made sample budgets that I thought I could live with. I finally found a perfect complex... definitely not the fanciest area or complex, but it's nice and safe and in a very good location, in the middle of everything I need, close to school but not TOO close. However, the apartment is on hold for me and I need to let them know what I'm doing tomorrow, because other people are looking at it too. I keep looking at my budget, how much I spend now, and how much the rent and utilities are going to cost me. The rent and utilities alone are almost half of my monthly income. I have read articles online that say that your living expenses should be 30 percent of your income. Well, if I did that, I would have to live in a 500 sq ft apartment in a not very safe area. A roommate seems like the solution, I can get an apartment in a safe place and not be broke. However, I don't know anyone who needs a roommate, and have a hard time imagining getting one off of roommates.com or something. And of course there are a lot of other issues with roommates... Sigh... I need to tell them tomorrow if I am taking this apartment or not. And if I don't take it, I have no idea what I am going to do!