How old were you? How much were your rent and utilities? Did you live alone? If you lived alone did you successfully make it to where you didn't have to move back with your parents? Tips on taking care of laundry? How much money did you save up before you moved? Any knowledge, advice, and this included will be extremely helpful!
Most Helpful Guy
The trick to successfully making it in your own place, is to make a budget and stick to it.
My first place the rent was $600 and month, I knew the put side $150 a week for rent. Utilities, land line phone was $14 a month, electricity was about $60 a month.
Where I found I was wasting money, was that I would buy restaurant food. Once I stated to grocery shop, and started cooking for myself. it gave me extra money.
I have always been a saver, I had a few thousand in the bank before I moved out on my own. I also kept a minimum of 3 months rent, utility and grocery money in the bank, to cover losing my job or getting sick once I was on my own.
The best advice I can give you, is to stick to a budget and save a bit for a rainy day. Even if it is $20 a week. that will add up at the end of the year. Don't let friends become free loaders, and never borrow from your rent money thinking you will pay it back. It is better to be broke at home for a week or too, as long as your bills are paid and you have food in the house. Not being able to go out and party or shop, is not the end of the world.1
Most Helpful Girl
I was 18 and moved across the country to go to a new college. It was fine, I already went down there prior to moving on my own to find an apartment and set things up. Since I was a student living near the campus, I paid about $750 a month for rent and utilities. I had about $12k saved up before I moved down there.
I lived alone at first, then my boyfriend moved in temporarily. After 10 months I kicked him/broke up with him and lived alone for the duration of my college years. I got some job offers during my last year of uni, so I had money and am still living in my own home. For laundry, I had my own washing and dryer in my apartment. Not all do, so you might have to go to a laundry mat or sometimes apartment complexes might have them near the office.
If you know what you want, I would save up as much as you can before moving. Being organized with your finances is crucial. Don't be house poor they say, but try to find a safe area. You need to know how much water, gas (for both home and vehicle), internet, electricity, food, etc. costs in a week and month. There is a lot of responsibility living on your own.1