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Old 01-24-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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My boyfriend and I currently love in his family's house with his sisters. It's getting to that point where we are definitely mentally ready to have our own place together. I think financially we would be okay but I want to budget. I'm looking to spend no more than $850/month on rent, leaning towards Grove City area but not sure.

Anyways, for two people sharing expenses...how much would it usually cost for:
Groceries
Water
Gas
Electric
Miscellmeous (other fees)

I never really spend more than $60/week on groceries. Right now our income combined before tax is probably around 60,000 range but hopefully that can change once my bf starts a new job he's in search for...plus he's in school so that's a financial burden. I'm hoping we can still love comfoetably. We go out to eat maybe once a week. We don't spend that much on shopping and stuff. Luckily, we mostly hang with friends and fam without spending much.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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going to have to take a trip in the time machine for me when it was simply two people under one roof but I believe the following is relatively accurate:

Groceries - $125 week (organic), and <$100 non-organic. Assumes eat out only once per week therefore six days of breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Water - <$30 month.

Gas - a lot of variables here such as how many sq. ft. of a place you are heating and how energy efficient. I would say you could heat a two bedroom space on budget billing via Columbia Gas for ~$60/mo.

Electric - same as above, lots of variables including is it electric heat or gas heat. Will spike in the Summer when you run the A/C the same way gas heat would spike in the winter. Budget billing via AEP should be <$100.

Miscellaneous - don't forget trash removal. Likely to be about $30 month if you don't have a dumpster on site. Add in renter's insurance, car insurance, etc. and miscellaneous can add up.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Columbus, OH
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That's pretty accurate. My electric is $130-170 in the winter and only like $40-80 in the summer/fall.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:26 PM
 
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Make sure you find out who the electric company is with. Some apartments have something different than AEP.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:54 PM
 
Location: OH
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Forgot to add in cable/internet. That will run somewhere from $30 for basic cable to $150 month for premium cable (HBO, etc), phone, and internet. Don't forget cell phone too. Verizon is probably around $65 to $75 per.
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Old 04-04-2015, 11:17 AM
 
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Late response but thank you. This is helpful.
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