It's that time in your life where you are preparing to take on the world by yourself for the first time! But setting off alone isn't so simple. You'll probably need these young adult living tips and tricks from people that were in the same situation. Read through, vote up your favorites, and learn how to live alone.
- 133 VOTES
Stock Up On Essentials Or You'll Regret It
From Redditor u/Demurist:
It’s all the little things you don’t always think of: paper goods, soap, common food staples, garbage bags, etc. You won’t buy them every time you go to the store, but you’ll feel the impact when you run out.
- 229 VOTES
Ask Your Extended Family For Freebies
From Redditor u/doublestitch:
Don't get the extended warranties; do get the renter's insurance.
Talk to extended family and friends of the family: everyone remembers their first apartment. Many people over age 40 own an extra set of placemats, some towels they no longer use, and a few mismatched dishes. Offer to do chores and errands in exchange for their extras.
- 328 VOTES
Get Some Basic Tools
From Redditor u/WhyYesIamBlonde:
Get some basic tools. My dad bought me a very cheap tool kit and told me to buy only quality tools to replace them. Still have my super cheap pliers and screwdrivers, but have upgraded a few of my [Allen] wrenches and drill bits.
- 448 VOTES
Never Underestimate The Importance Of A Good Kitchen Knife
From Redditor u/Titronnica:
Buy no perishable foods in bulk. Rice and beans go quite far, for example.
Get a good quality kitchen knife; it makes a world of difference in prep work for cooking. It doesn't need to be exorbitantly expensive, just not some cheapo crap...
Set schedules for yourself. It is very easy to get used to lounging around with no one telling you to do laundry or house chores. Keep yourself disciplined, but don't forget to reward yourself too!
- 529 VOTES
Debt Is Suffocating - Limit It When You Can
From Redditor u/animalsaremyfriends:
Don’t spend more than you can pay off each month on a credit card. Debt is suffocating. Also, if you get the itch for a new car but yours is running fine, rent one for a couple of days and then go back to old faithful.
If you’re unsure about something, sleep on it. Not all decisions have to be made immediately.
- 629 VOTES
Get A Plunger And A Fire Extinguisher
From Redditor u/Colin__Mockery:
A plunger and a fire extinguisher are better to have before you need them.