Share bills and IOUs. Make sure everyone gets paid back. Splitwise takes the trouble out of sharing expenses – with friends, with roommates, with anyone.
- Splitwise keeps a running total over time, so you can pay each other back in one big payment, instead of a bunch of small ones.
- Get notified when the rent check is due…or get a reminder when you forget to pay someone back.
- How should we split the cost of rent? At what point is a girlfriend a roommate? Participate in cool fairness research and get advice on all sorts of common sharing problems.
And best of all? It's totally free.
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Does one or more of these things apply to you?
- I often need to remind people to do their fair share
- My children/spouse/roommate and I argue about doing chores
- Sometimes I forget what needs doing until it is too late
- I feel flustered and don't have enough time to organize
ChoreBuster can help you with all of these problems by automatically creating a fair chore chart or schedule for you and others that you live with!
Enter in people and chores
Specify how hard / undesirable each chore is, and how often it should be done
Chore Buster automatically generates a fair schedule of chores
Schedule emailed to you daily or weekly - no need to log in
Fairness is a funny thing. One person’s fair is another person’s rip-off. So it is important for a rent-splitting calculator to jive with a broadly intuitive sense of fairness. It can’t just be what one person thinks is fair, or it won’t be useful.
Splitwise has made an awesome rent splitting calculator available on their site.
Sources: Survey Results
Recommended Reading: Survey Results
To find a good Home-mate, you need to be able to talk about what you must have and would like to have in a Home-mate arrangement. This clarity about who you are and what you are looking for will help immensely. Starting to look at postings and advertisements without knowing what you are looking for is like going into a supermarket with no idea of what you need to buy. You'll waste an enormous amount of time and energy considering situations that aren't suited to you. The same is true if you are the householder. Instead of stating your requirements over and over on the telephone to each ad respondent, simply put them in the ad.
In your quest for a good home-sharing arrangement, you need to know what you "must have" versus what you would "like to have". This is a very important distinction. "Must" means that if the potential home or Home-mate doesn't have it, there's no way the space will work for you. End of story. Walk away. "Must" is your friend, it helps you rule out what won't work for you, simplifying your search and saving you time and energy.
Many people learn of their "must haves" by discovery, that is, they have a housing experience that lacks something they want, but they didn't realize it ahead of time. Only you can figure out exactly what you must have and what you would like to have in a living space. It's easy to think that you can adapt to anything. But some adaptations are simply too uncomfortable when you are living with them daily. It's really no fun to find yourself unhappy at home because you overlooked or ignored something in a situation that is really not right for you.
Your way of living is unique to you, so figuring out what you need and want in a Home-mate is worth the effort. Your future happiness is at stake. As you think about this, you will also clarify what it is that you bring to the Home-mate relationship.
Collect your thoughts using our worksheet. You might even ask someone who knows you well to help you complete the worksheet. By all means chose to be honest with yourself. This is not the time to wish you were different.
Categories to Consider:
Once you have taken the time to go over all of these categories and recorded what you need and want in your own living environment, you will have a very useful checklist to work with to find your perfect Home-mate(s). Armed with knowing what you "must have", "would like to have", and "can't live with"; you are ready to interview potential Home-mate(s) or explore the possibility of living in a Householder's home.
Contributors: Annamarie Pluhar
Recommended Books: Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates
First, think about your take-home pay after taxes and other deductions. It used to be that the budgeting guideline was that you should spend 27% on housing, including utilities. This is about one week's pay. As housing has become more expensive, however, this figure has crept up to 30% or more. Budget experts also state that on average, 15% of a car owner's income is spent on transportation: car payments, maintenance, gas etc., and that food is also 15% of income. Use these guidelines to determine how much you can afford, you can start to think about where you want to live.
Contributors: Annamarie Pluhar
Recommended Books: Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates
If you are unwilling to meet new people then there is not much The Transition can do to help you meet your goals or dreams. Most people’s goals can not be accomplished by their own actions alone and thus need others to assist them either through instruction or mutual aid.
If you are unwilling to share your own skills it is then likely others are not willing to share their own skills with you to assist you and your goals. The Transition operates off of a system of reciprocity we are all able to accomplish more when we work together. When we change our own paradigms from a “me” to a “we” mindset we begin to experience the abundance that is all around us. The more self-centered we act the harder it becomes for us to reach the dreams we desire.
Just like when using a map if we don’t know where we currently are there is no way for us to begin to understand where it is we are heading. By reading and/or watching the video you begin to understand the mindset and upbringing you carry with you. By going through this process, you begin to realize that other people may have had experiences that helped form who they are today. This helps us develop compassion both for ourselves and each other. It also gives us a set of tools to help us negotiate new experiences now and in the future.
With each new supporter and Contributor The Transition acquires, the more power we gain to create a major impact and real positive change on the world at large. Even though you are one person your actions matter when done in conjunction with countless others all over the world. The Transition plugs you into the countless ways you can help make that difference you wish to see in the world.
As an organization, The Transition believes in continuing education no matter how young or old you are. There is always more to learn and always a new lens with which we can begin to view the world to have better understanding of the challenges we face. By investing in your education and challenging your own beliefs, you are able to arm yourself with knowledge to be the best version of yourself.
It is our desire for everyone to be “on the same page” and understand the expectations laid out before them as well as the commitments that are being made to them. By reviewing this information you acknowledge the type of relationship that is being established between the organization as a whole and you as a beneficiary of the work we do.Read more
- Contributors establish or join a BUD (Basic Unit of Decision-making) of like-minded people. (A BUD ideally consists of 5 to 15 people maximum.)
- Contributors take part in the development and use of the main virtual hub (Imagi-Nation CO-OPeration found on www.thetransition.org) for sharing information, presentations, solutions to problems, and designs for systems.
- BUDs have meetings regularly; weekly meetings are preferable, but once a month meetings are the minimum. In person meetings are preferred over virtual collaboration.
- A written Trust is established to govern each BUD which gives everyone clear understanding of their responsibilities and purpose.
- Contributors in each BUD come together to form their BUD’s “Stone Soup” Inventory.
- Ephemeralization Projects are proposed, assessed, and developed by BUDs to fully sustain the Basic Needs of the target population.
- The Contributors from each BUD compile their knowledge and life experiences into a BUD “Stone Soup” Inventory, and then collectively for the Community “Stone Soup” Inventory for resource management and accounting:
- Systems designs, blueprints, digital designs, etc.
- Professional skills/Services (plumbing, electrician, nutritionist, etc)
- Legal Intellectual property (copyrights, patents, trademarks, etc.)
- Hobby knowledge
- Volunteer experience
- World data/events
- Physical property (3d printers, tools, vehicles, cookware, silverware, clothing, etc)
- Contacts and networks
- Representation at Associations, Clubs, and Conferences
- Contributed Income
- Benchmarks are arrived at and used -via The Scientific Method- to empirically define efficiency ratings for resources as well as defining Environmental Limits.
The Community Carrying Capacity is calculated and used to gauge Cultural Sustainability.
- A survey is done to see what resources are available in the Community “Stone Soup” Inventory
- Needs and wants of the Transitional Community are assessed
- Rates of Production are considered and improved (via Ephemeralization Projects)
- External Monetary Acquisition is any overhead that the Transitional Community needs to maintain the target population’s desired standard of living.
- Maximum Public Health is highest priority. Requirements for Maximum Public Health entail Maximum Cultural Sustainability and Maximum Ecological Sustainability - all variables are considered holistically in a System’s Approach.
- The BUD determines if Basic Skill Sets are available to form the new Transitional Community on a firm foundation:
- Food production and preservation
- Water collection and filtration
- Renewable energy systems
- Housing construction
- Clothing production/acquisition
- Automation and Closed-Loop systems
- Recycling systems
Discover "How Does This Impact Me"?Read more
BUDs are the bedrock of The Transition and will help us manifest a Global Egalitarian System with the rest of the world. It all begins with the creation of BUDs so it is very important that all supporters and Contributors understand the function of them and how they work. The only way we can tackle global issues is by being able to collaborate and cooperate on a global scale and this can be done once people form BUDs.
BUDs can fulfill many different purposes and a person can belong to more than one BUD. Understanding the different types of BUDs is important for each individual so they know which types of BUDs best meet their own personal needs.
A Global Egalitarian System can not work on the macro level if BUDs are not working properly on the micro level. In order to make well informed decisions that serve the needs of the people within the BUD as well as the planet and all that inhabits it, BUD Meetings must run properly. Having this education under your belt will also help you be on the same page with other BUDs and groups within The Transition Inter-Community Network should you travel and meet others on your journey.
Unlike voting Consensus does not operate on cohersion. It is important to know how to function in a consensus driven environment or you will find yourself without a BUD or not be able to have your individual voice heard on a macro level regarding global decisions.
- Assumptions about Conflict
- Separate Identification From Resolution
- The Most Astounding Fact
- You the People Have the Power
- What Really Motivates Us
- Unnecessary Consumption
- Declaration of Interdependence
- Start a Movement
- The Pale Blue Dot
Watching The Basics is like taking The Transition 101. It acts as a good overview in video form about what we are all about and the essence we carry with us through all of our work. For us to communicate with others from a standpoint that is productive and in line with expanding our consciousness, we have to observe our perceptions and how we are bringing in our ideas. Remember this change and movement isn’t about judging what is currently in place, being angry at it and changing it to make it better. It’s about choosing to step out and expand our possibility of what can be. Our belief systems of how things must be need to be left behind if we really want to open things up and move beyond our current way of experiencing. By watching these short videos you get a good introduction about what we stand for and the direction we are heading. By us shifting our own consciousness and way of seeing things, it will reflect powerfully onto others and will act as a powerful example for more people to begin changing. Believe it or not, shifting our own thinking is one of the most powerful things we can do.
Collaborating with others is a key way to create and expand your BUD to include like minded individuals. Building a community requires knowing who may be interested in assisting you in your endeavor. Those who have signed up for The Transition are looking to make an impact.
If you are like most of our supporters you feel internet access is almost as essential as air. As an organization, we are always finding ways to reduce your expenses and make it easier to connect to other like-minded folks. Providing info about where to access free Wifi is just one of the many ways we try to accomplish this for our supporters and Contributors.
We know as a social change-maker you are unable to make a large impact in the work you do when your own basic necessities are not being met. By knowing where to find spaces to meet your needs, we hope to assist you in finding a place to lay your head at night as well as other spaces to help you support yourself, your local community or build or maintain a BUD.
The Transition believes in living in such a way that we demonstrate the 6 R’s in our daily lives. By sharing our unwanted tangibles, we are able to eliminate waste and reduce the need for landfills. One person’s trash CAN BE another person’s treasure or much needed resource. By investing in ourselves and each other when we make these resources more readily available, we help our movement grow and thrive.
Knowing what BUDs are available is an essential first step in becoming more involved. You can chose to join an already established one or decide on creating a new BUD with a different focus than the ones in your local area to accomplish more collectively.