‘I make more than $600 a month renting one side of my bed to lonely strangers’

A bizarre new trend called hot bedding is making its rounds. Australian entrepreneur and reality TV star, Monique Jeremiah went viral after coining the term. She disclosed she uses it to make some extra income, and oddly, it requires very little effort.

Hot Bedding Provides Income and Companionship
Hot bedding is likely not feasible for those who have an aversion to “co-habitation” with strangers. However, for those who don’t mind facing a little stranger danger in order to save some money on sleeping accommodations. “It is the perfect avenue to save money, live simply, and of course not be alone.” Jeremiah explained, continuing, “Hot bedding is excellent for people who are able to detach emotionally and sleep next to another person in a completely respectful and non-strings-attached manner.”

Getting Creative and Facing Disaster
Hot bedding refers to a situation in which a person rents half of her bed, essentially sharing the bed for the duration of their stay. Jeremiah came up with the idea during the pandemic in 2020. “I suddenly found myself single; my thriving business of an international education agency and student accommodation collapsed overnight, and my teaching career suddenly became unfulfilling as education went online,” she recalled. “My life was literally imploding beyond my control. I knew my only option was to innovate and think outside the box. That’s how I decided to do hot bedding.”

Hot Bedding is Trending
As strange of a trend as hot bedding is, it seems to be gaining momentum as the cost of living continues to rise. A survey taken at the University of Technology in Sydney polled 7,000 international students in 2021. Despite being from numerous other countries, the polled students attended schools in Sydney and Melbourne, and not all were students at university. In fact, many were participants of vocational colleges.

The US Hit by Inflation
Unsurprisingly, Australia isn’t the only country facing an increased cost of living. The U.S. has seen grocery bills skyrocket, and, in many places, residents have been notified that utility costs will be increasing in the coming pay periods. A 2022 poll showed that around 75% of Americans had concerns regarding the cost of things like electricity and gas. Meanwhile, around 60-70% of Americans who were polled said the rising cost of living has greatly impacted their budgets.

Supplementing Income for Students
It’s clear from the studies that Monique Jeremiah isn’t the only person using hot bedding to supplement income. Although some people have said things like, “Just get a bunk bed” or “It’s a very sad way people are forced to live,” others have disclosed on TikTok that they’re already partaking in the hot bedding trend.

“I’m a med student in New Zealand and my friend and I do this. ofc (of course) we weren’t friends at first it was totally anonymous but decided to meet,” explained one TikTok user.

Hot bedding is an unconventional, but ultimately, easy way to save or make some extra cash, and possibly a lifelong friend. Sadly, the global, rising cost of living is forcing people to get creative when it comes to earning enough money. Therefore, we’re likely to see trends like hot bedding, selling feet pics, and so on continue to emerge.

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