Living by yourself for the first time is a milestone for many of us. Having to move out of your parent’s house comes with all kinds of new adventures and opportunities. And even though it often comes with exciting adult like feelings, living alone for the first time can also be very challenging life and life changing.
Luckily for some of us, we still get to have roommates on our first few rides. Your first roommates are like your lifelines for figuring out the real world. They are there to push you out of your comfort zone and to talk you off the edge when you take things too far; they celebrate your biggest achievements and they’re the ones who come home with a tub of ice cream when all you need is good cry and a Netflix binge. While it is like this for some, the rest of us just take the move solo.
If you’re living alone for the first time, whether you’re moving out of mom and dad’s, saying no more to housemates, or getting out of a relationship and having a bed to yourself after all these years, here are 4 things you should know.
1. Everything is expensive.
Living alone is a big expense. Firstly you need an accommodation. Make sure you browse through neighborhoods that you feel connected to, that you vibe with, that you can afford. Consider your commute and what that might look like. But also be realistic about prices and idealizing what’s quaint and trendy. Remember that you are in this alone.
2. Every day is cleaning day
It’s one thing to get everything set up the way you want it, and another to turn the place into a complete mess. You’d think living alone would mean less cleaning up after the dishes, or picking the clothes left on the dryer. Actually, it’s the total opposite. There’s always something to clean up.
3. Your bills won’t pay themselves
You only have you to help pay bills. You can’t afford to get a pay cut, getting fired, taking medical time off. Getting sick after all your sick days are used means you can’t afford to take time off unless your boss orders you to go home. In everything you do, you can never leave your bills unattended.
4. Budgeting and saving is tricky
While you might have planned for covering rent and bills as a single person, it’s easy to forget all of the other costs you’ll be handling on your own: groceries, laundry detergent, even just a new blanket or chair if you need it. These are things your parents cater for or perhaps you used to have a roommate to split the bills with. But you’ve taken this decision to ride solo, now it’s left to you to see it through.
What happens when your rent runs out?
This is why you have to develop the habit of budgeting and savings as early as possible so you keep up with the costly lifestyle that comes with that adulthood you so much craved for. You won’t like to be sent packing to your parent’s house. A good way to stay ahead of your next rent is to start a savings plan with Kwaba. The Kwaba app allows you to create target savings towards your rent and still offers you emergency funds whenever that adulthood bills slips back in without you having to touch your savings.
Download the Kwaba app here and keep your rent well managed!
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