Basic Adulting Tips That You Need To Know Now!
I’m sure when we all heard the bell ring for the last time on the last day of school, we couldn’t wait to start adulting. When we are kids, our parents make adulthood look easy. However, once you get there it can feel as if you had been tricked by all the adults in your life as you were growing up. What we don’t see is that adulthood can consist of not having a clue what you are doing with your life, burning every meal that you cook and trying to decipher those Ikea flat pack instructions. The truth is though, there is no special secret to adulthood success. You just need to do your best and figure it out like everyone else.
But in the meantime, here are some things that you may come across that they didn’t teach you in school.
How to manage money
Learning how to manage your money and live your life without having to take out short term payday loans every month is a skill. And it is one you will need to master once you branch out on your own in life. One of the main things you will need to think about with your money is the bills and savings you want to put away each month before you start spending the rest on your lifestyle and entertainment. Believe it or not, you don’t have to live off boring food and stop drinking to save money, you just need to be smart with your cash and learn where to find deals on the items you want. Check out my post on How to Create a Budget The Easy Way here.
How to buy a house
Buying a house is the single biggest privilege you will have in your early adult years before you settle down and have children. You will finally be able to move out of your parents’ house and fly the nest to your own space. You will need to learn how to manage your energy bills, broadband and water when you move into a home and this is what will sometimes have us strapped for cash throughout the year. Looking online to compare deals is a must and making sure that you buy a house that is within your budget so that your repayments are smaller and more manageable. Buying a house can seem scary but it is actually not as scary as you might think. Check out my post on Buying Vs Renting a House here.
Meal prep is key!
Even during your student days there is nothing that tells you that you must live off cheese on toast and beans for the entirety of your life in order to save money. Despite what people say, healthy food is cheaper than unhealthy food and it can be easier to prepare too. The key is to find healthy big batch recipes online and use these to make yourself food which will last throughout the week. Before you know it, healthy eating will be a breeze!
How to balance work and a social life
Trying to balance your work and social life is a huge part of being an adult and it is where many of us struggle to find that perfect synchronisation that works with our lifestyle. Make sure you schedule your week and include time to see family, catch up with friends and have some down time.
How to avoid debt
Many people turn to credit cards or bank overdrafts after an unexpected expense such as a major car repair or even an expensive Christmas. With very little savings, they are therefore forced to pay the expense with a credit card. Having an emergency fund helps you to avoid getting into debt as you have a safety net. Check out my post on How to Create an Emergency Fund here.
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