By JOSHUA CARLL
Have you ever wondered what it was like to move out of your parents’ home? Well, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Living on your own is a significant commitment. Are you living by yourself or are you getting a roommate? What bills are you paying for and how much do each cost? Is it $50? $100? $200? These are a few things that almost everyone thinks about, but do you think about the cost of groceries or the cost of getting things fixed? It’s the minor things that throw you for a loop.
Patrick Bryant attends school at the University of Delaware. Bryant lives in an off campus apartment with college friends and pays rent. “Being in charge is hard. I have to get everyone’s share of the rent together and write single checks to the owner and electric company. Getting money can be challenging because a constant reminder has to be made,” Bryant said, when asked how it is living on his own. Bryant shared that this experience is all about organization and time/money management.
Marla Newsom, a Cumberland County College student, used to live on her own with her brother. They were on their own, without parents, for six months before things started to get tight. Bills don’t seem to cost that much but when you add them up you seem to be paying an arm and a leg. Since you need to save money for the necessities, Newsom said that the worse part about living on your own is giving up certain wants. This might sound scary, but it’s not always bad. The best part about living on your own, in Newsom’s eyes, is the amount of freedom that you have. Newsom was asked if she had any advice to give someone who was thinking about moving out. Her response was, “I would honestly tell someone not to move out until you’re 150% ready. Until you make enough money that no matter how many hours you work that week, you’ll be able to afford everything you need.”
Michael Sharp, 20, decided to move out of his parents’ house on December 1, 2013. Sharp spent one and a half years with roommates and six months on his own. Due to the roommate situation, rent ranged from $275-$975. The worse part about living on his own, was dealing with the responsibilities of cleaning, shopping, and paying bills. Otherwise, living on his own was fairly easy. Sharp said his favorite part of living on his own was making his house a home. Sharp moved back with his parents on November 1, 2015 because he lost his job. “Always have a budget and always prepare a budget before going in” is some of the advice Sharp shared during his interview. He finished his interview by saying to think about the necessities and luxuries of life.
I moved out of my parents’ house on December 1, 2015 and started living in an apartment by myself. It’s scary worrying about rent and bills because one missed payment can ruin your credit. It’s very lonely coming home to an empty house night after night, but it’s also nice because you can relax and not have to worry about anyone else.
There are many factors to think about before you move out of the nest. If you’re not quite sure about what to do yet, talk to a trusted adult or guardian and see what they think. Maybe, they will be willing to help you. Welcome to the complex world of adulthood.