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The rent is due and my half is late

Save your money and budget wisely
Save your money and budget wisely

It seems that you have gotten yourself into quite the predicament. However, it’s not the end of the world, just the first of the month. Your rent is due and you are short or don’t have it at all. Don’t panic because usually you have until the fifteenth to get the rent (this is true for some places not all because all leases are not the same.) Things happen that are sometimes out of your control and you need more time to get the rent. It’s not a huge deal, but should definitely be taken seriously because it’s not something that should be a repeated offense.
Remember some things happen that work against us. It is part of our grand pursuit of unbridled happiness. But, this is not an excuse. You need to acquire your half of the rent and explain why you don’t have your portion to all parties involved. More people are affected than you may think so immediate action is required. Talk to your roommate(s) first because they are impacted most by this issue. If you are short a few dollars, they may not mind giving you the money as long as you pay them back. You’re already walking a fine line so don’t push your luck by asking for too much money.
The next person you should be speaking to is your landlord. Your landlord may not mind rent being late as long as it isn’t repeated and consistently a problem. Explain your situation to them as best you can and ask for a week or two to get the rent. This is assuming that you get paid within the next two weeks. Don’t take advantage of a person’s kindness because when you really think about it they are doing you a favor. And you don’t want to jeopardize their trust by asking for more than what you need. Also, keep in mind that your lease explains penalties for being late with the rent, so be really cautious. The sooner you get the rent the better because the last thing you want are additional charges or to get evicted.
Since your rent will always be the same (assuming that utilities are not included in your rent), you should not make a habit of not having your portion of the rent. To prevent this from happening again, you need to manage your money better. Take a look at the “necessities” you buy and make sure that they are things you actually need. Most consumers spend more because they’re buying things they want and not what they need. When grocery shopping, look at the expiration date of the things you pick up you might find that you can make do without it. You don’t want something that is packaged in a large quantity, but expires within two weeks. Look for deals and remember that coupons are your friend.
You can also try to earn more money by requesting additional hours or applying for a higher position that you are qualified for. Don’t sell yourself short by not doing the best you can. Definitely look into getting additional hours before looking for another job. An additional job means less hours at the first job and it also means you might have to work yourself even harder. Now there is nothing wrong with hard work, but you don’t want to overwork yourself.
Rent is very important and it’s not something that should be taken lightly. There are more people involved and your late rent affects more than just you. Before you move out on your own, you need to make sure that you can afford the rent and utilities. Do the proper research and preparations so that late rent will not be an issue. The reality of the situation is that very few people will genuinely care about your issues; that is why you have to predict and budget correctly. Adulthood is fun, but like most things it is not to be taken lightly.
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