Question for the board - I split a house with my roommate and we typically just divide everything down the middle. We have a joint checking account that is set up to auto-pay all our bills once a month. It’s worked well for the last year and a half.
My roommate decided that she wanted to increase our TV coverage so that she could watch the Olympics. I barely was aware the Olympics were going on, and completely ignored them, but she’s an Olympics junky and it was a big deal for her. She made the adjustments to the account, knowing they would be temporary. When the Olympics ended, she discovered the Verizon was no longer giving us the option for the cheaper local TV coverage that we had had. I’m the financial manager of the house (she’s handy with powertools, it’s a good partnership) so it fell to me to fix this. Two hours on the phone with Verizon later, I bargained us into a cheaper deal, but still higher than our previous bill.
Here’s my question - I didn’t do anything to merit a higher bill - I got it down via politeness and determination with Verizon, who were also very nice actually (credit where credit is due). I don’t owe a TV or watch any TV and pay for my netflix account entirely on my own. We mostly bundle services to get a cheaper deal on the bill. Should my roommate be accountable for all of the difference in the bill, or should we split it? I’m annoyed, but I don’t necessarily want to disrupt the house. I’d probably be even more forgiving if her damn dog door hasn’t been a direct current for cold air into our house and our heating bill wasn’t 40% higher this year. It’s really, really drafty, but closing it would require her to take her dogs on walks instead of leaving them to their own devices.
Thoughts on the etiquette of this situation?