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Subject: Re: Settlement Date: 1/8/2013 8:23 AM
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Mom and Dad told me when I sold the condo in Scottsdale to help out with buying what is on the shopping list and buy my meds,insurance, phone,aand dr. bills and help out with the bill at the restaurants when we go out.

"Help out with buying what is on the shopping list" and "help out with the bill at restaurants when we go out" are both really vague and could come to more than the extra expenses you cause your parents. I couldn't live long like that, with unknown expenses under someone else's control hanging over me.

(a) I presume they wouldn't move to a smaller house if you weren't there, so charging you for the physical space doesn't make sense to me.

(b) The extra utilities you use (water, electricity, faster internet?...) probably doesn't exceed $100/month. Food may be more like $200-250/month, depending on what & how much you eat. I computed this number as best I could when my brother lived with us for 6 months a few years ago. I can't remember the figure, but whatever it was, that's what he paid me every month. He moved to our mother's when he left my place, and I suggested she charge double as it was nearly summer and he likes a lot of A/C and Mom buys a lot of takeout, which costs more than cooking from scratch. (aside: I wanted my guest room back for other visitors).

(c) IMO, the 3 of you should go to the trouble of determining what your additional expenses actually are and pay that. Possibly work some of it off in the form of chores and/or errands instead, Or move out.
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