15 Tips And Tricks For Young Adults Living Alone For The First Time

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People who live alone: vote up the best tips for a young adult's first time flying solo.

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.


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    33 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.

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    29 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.

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    28 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.

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    48 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!

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    29 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.

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    29 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.