Moving out of your dorm or your parents house and living on your own, can be fun and rewarding. It has its ups and its down, but it’s an experience that I recommend everyone encounters in life! Here’s what I’ve learned from living on my own:
1. Budgeting and Saving is Important
When I lived with my parents, I was so used to spending money how I wanted and still having enough to put into my savings, because I didn’t have any bills, but when I got my own spot, I had spend responsibly. I had to buy things I absolutely needed, not wanted. I also had to make sure I always put money away into my savings, whether it was a few dollars or a hundred dollars. That savings always come through in a clutch in emergency situations.
2. Your House…Your Rules
Living with your parents or even on-campus comes with a set of rules. You have a curfew, your music can’t be too loud, you’re told to clean up and do this or don’t do that, but living on your own, you can do whatever you want in your own place with no consequences.
3. You Pick Up Your Own Habits
Growing up, you tend to do what your parents do, eat what they eat and use the products that they use but with your own place, you’re able to venture out and begin your own habits. I grew up drinking whole milk, but the moment I moved out my parents house, I started drinking 2% milk and now, I drink nothing but Almond and/or Coconut milk.
4. You Learn How to Cook
Eating out everyday gets expensive and popping a frozen dinner in the microwave gets old and both are extremely unhealthy, so you naturally learn how to cook to survive. I know this is exactly what happened with me. I had to learn how to cook to survive and to well, eat.
5. Your Room Can Be as Dirty as You Want It to Be
Yes, that’s right! You don’t have to worry about your parents nagging at you to clean up (unless of course, they’re coming to visit, then I would suggest tidying up beforehand).