Cute idea of using the Douchebag jar from #NewGirl for roommate and household rule enforcing! #money #roommate #college

Every group of roommates needs a way to keep each other accountable.

Ours was put into play on move in day as soon as one of my roommates pulled this out of her bag: The Douchebag Jar.



To anyone who is an avid fan of New Girl, like we are, this is not a new concept.




If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a quick clip of a collection of moments in the show where they use the Douchebag Jar:

Please Note: The video uses some mild language, so be advised.

The rules of the jar:

Anytime anyone does anything rude, careless, thoughtless, selfish, or breaks one of our roommate rules they have to put money in the jar. The amount depends on the act and can vary.

Our biggest money maker is our in and out cards.


The Ins-and-Outs:

At the beginning of the year we also implemented a way to keep track of who is in our room and who is not. Since our dorm consists of a large living room, a hallway, a bathroom, and two small bedrooms it can be difficult to know if somebody is sleeping in one of the bedrooms when you walk in and decide to play music. (Or to know if somebody is having ‘intimate time’ with somebody in their bedroom…) so we put this into play.

Cute idea of using the Douchebag jar from #NewGirl for roommate and household rule enforcing! #money #roommate #college first it was a collection of index cards consisting of each of our names and the word “in” or “out” on each side. These cards were then hole-punched in the top and hung from string (to be honest, it was dental floss) command hooks on the wall next to our door.

Our rule was that if you forgot to change your card to match where you were, then you had to put 1 coin in the jar. Any coin.
These worked well for a long time, until we discovered that since they were next to the door, when the door closed all the cards flipped the opposite direction from what they should be.


Cute idea of using the Douchebag jar from #NewGirl for roommate and household rule enforcing! #money #roommate #college we changed the concept and got this magnetic whiteboard instead. Now each person is matched with a color and a magnet. When you are in the room, slide your colored magnet under the “in” column and when you are out slide it under the “out”. If you are here with a guest, in the bedrooms, slide one of the “guest” magnets next to your name as well.

And the same rule from before applies… if you forget to change it, you have to put money in the jar!

Other reasons to put money in the jar:

Leaving trash out, not doing your chores, leaving dirty dishes around, taking something from another roommate without asking, breaking the roommate rules, etc.

At the end of the year we are going to count up the money and put it toward going out to dinner together!

What do you do to keep your roommate rules in check?



Douchebag Jar: Rule Enforcing
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4 thoughts on “Douchebag Jar: Rule Enforcing

  • November 5, 2014 at 6:31 am

    This is such a cool idea! I LOVE the way y’all are working together to keep your dorm so organized!!

  • July 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, I wish I would have seen this a year ago… I just finished up a year living with 3 other girls in a 4×4. I have to ask, did you have any problems with enforcing this? One of my roommates, the worst culprit, had lots of issues with confrontation and would just huff about things and then go to her room. The other was only there when her boyfriend’s roommates grew tired of them there, and she never cleaned or contributed, not to mention brought in pests.

    Granted, those two are gone now, but I would love some advice for when I move on to graduate school, and I may not be as lucky as I am with my current roommate.

    • August 6, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Brittany! We did have little tiffs here and there about enforcing it, but since everyone was on board when we put it in in the first place it made it easier to keep people accountable. Some people feel that it’s a little too much to make people pay as a way to enforce rules so it’s important that every one of your roommates is ok with it before you start using the system.
      Our original plan was to put the money toward a pizza party at the end of the year but we ended up donating it to a charity that our church on campus was fundraising for which we liked better.

      However you have to keep in mind that everyone is their own person and may not like the system, so you have to respect that and work to collaborate to find something that works. Also, if they haven’t seen New Girl consider it calling something a little.. nicer.. so that it doesn’t hurt any feelings 😉


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