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There is a strange epidemic sweeping the country: married couples with roommates. It’s not just a funny thing you see in shows like “New Girl”—couples everywhere are tying the knot before they can afford a place of their own. Why not just wait until they have the money to set up their own private love nest, you ask? Because for some couples that is very far away, particularly in cities and metropolitan areas where the cost of a home can be so high that you’d think it was a joke. But even couples who just want to live in a large, nice apartment often can’t afford the space on two incomes and need to take in a roommate. Marital bliss isn’t the cute little game of playing house that it used to be. It looks more like a sitcom from the 90s, in which there is always someone in the bathroom or someone who finished the orange juice. Here’s what it’s like being married and having a roommate. dinner

Romantic dinners get commandeered

Think you and your honey can plan a romantic dinner, take over the kitchen, and make that elaborate dish you learned about on the Food Network? Think again. Here comes the roommate, ready to microwave his frozen burrito and drink juice out of the carton. He’s allowed to be in the kitchen, too…but it certainly kills the vibe you had going.

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