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Goodbye Roommates: 4 Ways To Become More Self-Sufficient When Living On Your Own

During college and the years immediately following, it may be both fun and convenient to live with one or more other people. However, at some point, you will want your privacy and independence. Fortunately, there are a variety of tasks that you can learn on your own to make your transition to self-sufficiency a successful one.

Goodbye Roommates: 4 Ways To Become More Self-Sufficient When Living On Your Own

Learn How To Drive

Although most teens eagerly anticipate the day that they get their driver’s license, some choose to let others drive them around instead. If you were one of these people, it is time to learn how to operate a motor vehicle. Doing so allows you to get to work or a social gathering without arriving early or leaving late because you have to wait for a ride.

Learn How To Maintain Your Vehicle

In addition to learning how to drive a car, you should also learn how to maintain one. While you don’t need to become a master mechanic, you should be able to change a flat tire or put in a new battery. To save money on vehicle maintenance costs, you can visit places like U Pull & Pay to pick up spare parts for maintenance concerns.

Learn How To Cook

Eating out on a regular basis is both unhealthy and expensive. Learning how to cook chicken or fish gives you the ability to create meals in a matter of minutes that are healthy and delicious. Foods such as pasta or shrimp can be paired with almost anything to make a healthy side dish or as a substitute for those who don’t like meat.

Learn How To Manage Your Money

When you live alone, you are responsible for all of the bills. This means making sure that there is enough in the bank to pay the rent when it comes due while still having the ability to eat or save for retirement. Financial management may be made easier through smartphone apps or online spreadsheet tools. You can also enlist the services of a human financial adviser if necessary.

Living on your own can be a liberating experience. Not having to worry about a roommate eating your food or using your shampoo should more than make up for being responsible for everything that happens in your life. By learning how to drive, cook and manage your money, you have gained a mastery of basic skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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Da Vinci, Editor in Chief of Your Life After 25, has carved out her own position as a “Realistic Optimist,” and modern day Renaissance woman. Your Life After 25 is the women’s magazine for all women, but we put a spin on things and also make sure to embrace life for ladies over 25. Whether you’re 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 or older we have something for you! Your Life After 25 “Believe It Or Not, It Does Go On”

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