The young son of a friend of mine recently announced that since he wasn’t going to summer school this year, he thought it would be fun to get a job and earn some money.
Housing costs are often the biggest item to take a bite out of one’s budget. Whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time or you’re working two jobs to keep a roof over your head and put food on the table, the practicality of having roommates to share monthly expenses may take precedence over the desire to live alone in your own space.
In the centuries prior to central heating, ecologically efficient insulation, and a plethora of nifty cleaning supplies and disinfectants, winter was the time when people who lived in cold climates hunkered down by vigorously stoking fires, reading by oil lanterns or candelight, and allowing dirt, dust and ashes to collect because, frankly, no one had the energy for serious cleaning.
There’s a good reason Planet Earth has been nicknamed The Big Blue Marble.