Roommates 101

Living with a roommate can be a great experience that not only saves you money but also might land you a great friend. Getting along with your roommate is essential to being happy at home. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re on the ‘right’ path.

  • Sit down together over coffee and establish a short list of ground rules. Don’t get too specific – this is a give and take conversation.
  • Be respectful when having friends over on weeknights, especially if your roommate has to wake up early. Also, don’t have your boyfriend sleep over every night of the week because if that’s the case then he might as well start paying rent.
  • The golden rule – if you didn’t buy that box of mac & cheese then you better not add water and boil. Stick to your own food and make sure to wash up afterward because there’s nothing worse then coming home to a sink full of dirty dishes after a long day at work. 

If you notice a problem brewing, don’t sweep it under the rug until one of you blows up. Most problems can be worked through with reasonable discussion. And a shared bottle of chardonnay.

Should You Insure Your Wedding?

Brides pour their hearts and soul into selecting the perfect dress, the décor, the food and the ring. Now they are adding one more thing to their list- wedding insurance. You know, just in case you get jilted at the alter or your caterer decides they don’t feel like being in business after you paid them $2,000. 

Wedding insurance is a hot new trend all over the country. Couples are purchasing in case a change of heart, a vendor backs out, the weather turns sour or something unpredictable happens. So, how do we feel about this?

“If you have to get insurance for the wedding, then you obviously are having doubts about your commitment or the commitment of your partner. If that is the case, don't get married! Talk about red flags!” says the 20-something lady.

“I have my misgivings BUT if you are traveling to an exotic place like Fiji for your wedding and suddenly there is a tsunami then I think the insurance idea is brilliant. If it is for a possible change of heart then I feel marriage may not be the right thing for this couple- save the insurance money and find another mate,” is advice from the 50-something expert.

What do YOU think? Is purchasing wedding insurance Right or Rude? 

First Dates Do's & Dont's

First dates can be a real doozy. From the excessive whisky drinker to the overly enthusiastic, you might forget what a romantic night is supposed to feel like. While you’re out judging HIS etiquette, mind YOUR basic manners so you don’t become the topic of a BroBible story.
Who’s Paying?
A man should definitely pay for dinner, especially on the first date. But if you are not having fun and feel uncomfortable being wined and dined, offer to foot your half of the bill. Chances are he won’t accept but it pays to be generous.
I can order anything right?
Follow his lead. If your date suggests dishes like lobster or truffles, fine. But don't voluntarily order yourself the most expensive items on the menu. This prevents a potential embarrassing situation. 
He said what?!
Keep the conversation appropriate. Sometimes there is the potential pitfall of the ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend story coming up or just general rude topics. If it happens, try to change the subject and ask him about his favorite movie or talk about the family pet. Think of things you want to know beforehand so you can be prepared if an uncomfortable topic comes up.
If you ended up having a miserable time, get together with your girlfriends for a drink and laugh it off. Respect the guys’ feelings if asked on a second date by politely declining. Manners are key when meeting someone for the first time in any situation.