8 Things It Helps to Know Before Moving Out to Live on Your Own

Pin It
Pin It
Living on your own can give you a sense of independence and freedom (no more sharing phone chargers!), but it's not all dinner parties and Netflix marathons. There are a few things about living on your own that people just don't want to talk about, the not-so-glamorous parts of the job.

1. Groceries are expensive
No longer are the days of coming home to a fully stocked pantry and a refrigerator full of your favorite snacks, courtesy of mom or dad. You have to go out and spend your hard-earned money on your own food. Grocery shopping can run you up to $500.00 per month if you're not careful (there's a big difference , for example, between $3.99 and $3.99 per pound). That's a rent payment! Tv Television animated GIF
2. A healthy lifestyle is now a luxury
Gym memberships come out of your pocket, and unfortunately healthy foods almost always cost more than their unhealthy counterparts. If you want to live that healthy lifestyle, it's important to budget for it. On second thought, maybe I'll just work out at home.
Real Housewives Fitness animated GIF
3. All your mail is now bills
Running to the mailbox to find a letter with your name on it used to be a thrill. Could it be a friend you haven't talked to in ages? Is grandma sending you a card with money in it just because she's an awesome grandma? No. It's the power company letting you know you owe them a third of your paycheck next week. Lovely.
Bridesmaids Cyber Monday animated GIF
4. You have to do laundry
You wash whites on cold, right? No...darks, no towels. *Cries* "MOMMMYYYYY!"
Bored Seinfeld animated GIF
5. A home-cooked meal takes a lot of effort, time, and money
You're probably used to coming home to a home-cooked meal. Now, if you want to come home to hot food, you have to find the recipe, buy the groceries, prepare it, wash the dishes you used to cook and eat on, wrap the leftovers, then get to planning tomorrow's meal. It's a process.
Fail Jennifer Lawrence animated GIF
6. You have to budget like a boss
It's payday, but before you can splurge on a night out with your friends or that new sweater you've been eyeing, you must set aside funds for your rent, utilities, food allowance, gym, and other necessities. Oh yeah, and you're supposed to be saving too. Is it too late to learn how to sew?
Wolf Street animated GIF
7. The dishwasher is your new best friend
When looking for the perfect place to live, make sure you have a dishwasher. You'll be shocked how fast cups and plates pile up in the sink. out animated GIF
8. You have to clean everything
You're the head of the household now. A lot more is involved than making the bed and taking out the trash. Sweeping, mopping, dusting, freshening, wiping, scrubbing, vacuuming, and organizing are about to become a normal part of your daily (okay, weekly, well certainly at least monthly!) routine. The bright side? Bet you'll gain a new appreciation for your parents and all of those times they begged to to please...just...clean...your...room.
minions animated GIF


Show Comments

Follow Cambio


Join Our Newsletter
Stay fetch. Sign up for The Cray, our daily roundup of all things buzzworthy. From Kylie Jenner's trendsetting style (btw, puberty goals AF) to life-changing tech news (tweeting an emoji to order a pizza #YES), The Cray is all you need to impress the squad.
Privacy Terms