When I moved out of home almost two years ago, I had no idea what I was in for. I had just turned 18, started university, got my licence and had less then $100 in the bank. Why I decided to make all these changes at once? I don’t know. But I’m as stubborn as they come and there was no way I was going to give up, so it was going to work.
It wasnt easy by any means. Baked beans were a staple for a while. But I made it work.
Here are 10 things I wish I’d known before I moved out.
1: Good quality laundry detergent is expensive but worth it. Invest in the good stuff.
2: Fresh Fruit and Vegetables are expensive but worth it & better for you. Find green grocers that have cheaper prices to big supermarkets.
3: My washing doesn’t just appear clean & folded on my bed every week. Funny that!
4: You are responsible for booking (and paying for!) all your appointments. Doctors, dentists, optometrists & hairdressers!
5: You are responsible for buying and cooking all your own food. It doesn’t matter how tired you are – it isn’t going to cook itself.
6: Petrol! – It is so expensive!
7: You need to make an effort to see family friends. Your parents aren’t going to invite your friends over for you.
8: No one is going to chase you up on things. Organise yourself!
9: Vacuuming needs to happen at least once a week. Don’t leave it until the place if filthy.
10: The independence is great and awfully lonely at the same time.