QUESTIONS and ANSWERS - MEALS AND GROCERIES
We find that sharing our main meal of the day is fun. We take turns planning and cooking and generally shop each day for that day's dinner. Breakfasts and lunches seem to happen fairly independently although the first person up generally puts the coffee pot on. The odd breakfast or lunch is shared if someone volunteers.
Right now we're putting in $100 a week each, but that may decrease over time. That is more than enough to cover our groceries, household supplies and the house wine. We still have money left over that we divert either to our other operating fund (cleaning etc) or to the contingency fund.
Of course, if someone is away in Florida for 3 months, they don't pay into the food/household supplies fund. We've decided not to try to account for absence of less than a week. We're all pretty indepenent so it seems to be working out evenly. Each one of us is out at least one night a week.
Conflicts among younger roommates often start with a question like “who ate my yogurt?” We want to avoid that. So, we have agreed that any personal treats that are that special ought to be stored in one’s personal space.
But no Kitchenettes.....Our reasoning.....
We deliberately did not put any cooking facilities in the bedrooms for a few reasons. First - everyone can do whatever they want in the big kitchen. Second, we don't want the house to feel like five separate apartments plus common areas. We're trying for a "real home" feel rather than a retirement home. And third - seeing our own parents age tells us there may be a point where we shouldn't even be trusted with a toaster! We didn't want to be in a position of asking someone to give up in-bedroom cooking.
IN FACT - what makes this a "single family" home under provincial and municipal laws is the fact that it only has one kitchen.