More Adults And Families Turning To Communal And Cooperative Living To Save Money

Conservatives may worry that moral decline is destroying the American nuclear family, but in fact economic reality is rendering it impossible and obsolete. CBS News writes:

With the cost of living on the rise and showing no sign of slowing down, total strangers desperate to save money are moving in together. Two million Americans over the age of 30 now live with a housemate or roommate, and shared households make up 18 percent of U.S. households – a 17 percent increase since 2007.

Older adults and even families are using this method to pool their resources. And the new communities are redefining the modern family.

One group of women sold their homes and bought a house together in Mount Lebanon, Pa., after they all got divorced. “It made amazing economic sense,” said one of the women, Jean McQuillin. McQuillin, Louise Machinist and Karen Bush call their home a “cooperative household.” They share the common areas of the house, chores and expenses.

8 Comments on "More Adults And Families Turning To Communal And Cooperative Living To Save Money"

  1. lifobryan | Apr 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm |

    Thanks for the heads up. Look forward to seeing the site evolve. Noticed that a lot of the old comments / discussions are gone?

  2. BuzzCoastin | Apr 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm |

    how cum yer buddy has only half a sister
    is the other half his cousin?
    you must be jivin’ me
    and last I heard Jiveate clams is Java infested bot site

  3. BuzzCoastin | Apr 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm |

    most people in the world live this way to one degree or another
    only Americans dream of being rugged individualists
    which of course
    is only a dream
    subsidized by Uncle Homeland for the profit of MIBC
    super-size me baby!

  4. Hadrian999 | Apr 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm |

    the nuclear family is an artificial construct used to push the consumer goods and credit markets after ww2. it worked for a while when america had a strong manufacturing base with good wages, once that dried up the model ceased to function

  5. As a single guy, it makes a lot more sense to live with others. I’m not alone, we have a lot of fun, and the shared expenses enable me to live in a part of town I would not be able to afford otherwise.

  6. Daenerys_Targaryen | Apr 12, 2013 at 5:58 am |

    Domesticity was always a harmful and late invention of the Victorian Age, the real root of social collapse and moral decay was always the decline of the larger community.

    On this there can be agreements between the real left and the real right.

  7. geminihigh | Apr 12, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    My best friend’s sister and mother live in a set up like this. They were living in a disgusting, illegal room for rent owned by a perv before, so they jumped at the chance to get the hell away from that situation. The mother, a cancer patient in recovery barely making ends meet, works in a large chain wholesaler, made friends with a co-worker, and they put money down and bought an older but pretty decent house together. Its pretty modest and quaint, not too large, but by no means a dump. There are like 5 other teenagers/young adults in the house, plus their friends who hang out and occasionally need to crash there when they have family problems of their own (including myself for a few nights.) They say three is company, but I see it as 8+ is family. As long as everyone pitches in with chores, we are always welcome, and treated as part of one large family unit. Since the two mothers work in the big box store, they both get a pretty good discount on items they buy in bulk. No one goes hungry. It really amazes as to how well everyone in the house gets along and helps each other along. The two mothers didn’t know each other that long or all that well, but out of necessity, they made it work. They all have had their squabbles, politics are at play between the kids and their various groups of friends, but in the end no one is breaking bottles over each others heads, and the neighbors can’t say they ever heard them scream at one another from down the street. As long as you can be reasonable, sensible, flexible, kind and understanding, a communal set up can work very well. You are never alone (good and bad), and certainly never bored.

  8. Moe Wadda | Apr 16, 2013 at 12:12 am |

    Central heating/AC has done more to shred the social fabric than any other force. No longer do people sit by the fire for warmth or sprawl on the porch for the evening breeze with the rest of humanity. Each is free to retreat to the solitude of their own.

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