Moving out of your parents’ house can be the scariest thing you will have ever done. You will have been living a sheltered life with no responsibilities and very little to worry about. Suddenly you are thrust out into the real world and you have no idea what you are doing.
You will probably be very excited and feel free, you don’t have to stick to a curfew and you can come and go as you please. However, you are not free. You are about to step into the big bad world and your new responsibilities are going to smack you in the face. Unless, you learn about your new responsibilities before you leave.
You are now responsible for paying all the bills. You have to pay rent, gas electric, taxes, phone bills. It is not easy, but keep on top of these bills because if you don’t pay for something you may find yourself cut off or thrown out
Paying Everything Else
The bills aren’t the only thing you are now responsible for. You have to pay for groceries, and insurance policies, clothing and travel expenses. If you are in college, then you are also responsible for buying your books or equipment for school.
Budgeting is the Key
Sound scary? It should do, living for ‘freedom’ from parents is not easy. It is a struggle but you can get used it and you don’t have to fail the first time around. The key is learning about a budget. Add up the amount of all the bills and items that are the most important and pay those first. Any moneys that are left over are yours to spend or put in your savings account. If you are smart, you will save for the future, but you are out in a new, fun world, so you will probably spend.
Getting a Job
It might be wise to get a part time job. This way you have a little extra money coming in each week. Plus, you can save a portion of your wages just in case something goes wrong. This will be your emergency money, and shouldn’t be spent unless it is absolutely necessary. This just gives you a little extra breathing room, so you don’t go into debt at the first hurdle.
Moving out is scary, don’t expect it to be fun and games all the time. You are taking on a lot of responsibility, that you may not have experienced before. Be sensible, don’t run out into the world with your head in the clouds. You will be crushed. Don’t be afraid to ask your parents for help, they would rather you ask than suffer. So, take all the help you can get.