This is a bleak time in the marmot financial landscape.
It's survivable. It does mean some belt-tightening, though the belt is already cranked down pretty hard: my medical insurance payments alone could finance a small third-world country (though it is cheaper than paying for the meds out-of-pocket).
I'm afraid though that it won't be enough. I don't know the exact figures yet, but I'm pretty sure this increase will push me over the edge and into the abyss where I have to consider some extra income.
I'm pretty much down to two possibilities:
1.) Getting a roommate
2.) Making porn
For various reasons, several folks have steered me away from making porn. I keep the option open because I have to balance out the pros and cons of each with the potential income relief.
The Big Broken Box™ isn't quite yet ready for a roommate, but it's actually not that far off. The same could be said for making porn, so I consider that to be pretty much a wash-- a couple of months of work, really.
So in the roommate sense, I'd pretty much be giving up my room and moving to the smaller one (my room is the only one with an actual closet), so the available room would be about 12' square with hardwood floors, good sized closet. Main floor, pretty new kitchen. Washer and dryer. Bathroom is functional but not pretty, I'm planning a remodel but can't afford it yet (upstairs bathroom will be remodeled first), so it wouldn't be a big selling point. I have a dog and a cat, the other two cats will be going with Barb once she gets a place settled. There will be some various remodeling projects happening in the next few years.
Good neighborhood, convenient to lakes, parks, uptown.
Heat, electric, and broadband internet included, what's a reasonable monthly price to ask?