Everything you spend your hard-earned money on is disappearing. Your food, your soap, and even your cleaning supplies are being used up way too quickly. You know your roommates must be using your stuff, but they never offer to reimburse you. Nor do they buy anything for the apartment themselves. On the rare occasion that one of them does make a trip to the grocery store they always ‘forget’ to buy the stuff that everyone uses (like sponges). You’re the only one that ever buys anything for the apartment, and you’re sick of it.
It’s starting to get excessive.
-Talk to Them
It’s possible that your roommates aren’t aware of the fact that they’re taking advantage of you, but it’s not likely. Either way, they’re going to deny it though. So be very careful if you choose to talk to them. Don’t use any accusatory language and focus on the fact that you’re struggling financially.
-Stop Buying the Stuff
Why not ‘forget’ to buy the sponges too? It’s a childish method, but it will work. Your roommates will realize that they can no longer abuse your generosity if you don’t let them. And eventually they will start buying the sponges (although they will probably be the cheap kind that you hate).
-Keep your product in your room
Lugging your laundry detergent back and forth will get annoying fast, but if it’s out of sight your roommates will stop using it. Eventually they will buy their own products and then you can probably put your detergent back in the laundry room.
-Create a Financial Plan
Get together with your roommates to create an apartment fund. If each of you contributes the same amount of money each month for community items like sponges and dish soap everything will be more balanced, and you won’t have to worry about who is spending more money on community stuff.