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Need to Move Out of Your Parents House? Tips for Leaving the Homestead for Independence

MyApartmentMap - Jul 19, 2011

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Freedom. The single word to describe moving out of your parents’ house. There is nothing better than the first time that you live on your own. However, with moving out of your parents’ house comes responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, and paying for things. Living on your own is invigorating, but now you have to feign for yourself.

When you move out of your house parents’ house the first time you can prove to everyone that you can make it on your own. The first time you move out of your parents’ house is like a test. This is the time to show yourself, your parents, and everyone around you that you are an adult. There is nothing holding you back, you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want (with some exceptions).  When living with your parents there is always someone that can pick up the pieces, but not when you’re living on your own. You’re going to have to make sure that you clean up after yourself, and clean things that you never probably realized needed to be cleaned. The toilet bowl, that doesn’t magically clean itself, nor does the kitchen floor, the counters, the bathroom mirrors or the carpets, all of these need to be cleaned with floor cleaners, Windex, or a vacuum. In my experience doing a “big” clean at least once a week will keep your apartment semi decent, as long as you’re cleaning after yourself in between the big cleans. So, grab some plastic gloves and get scrubbing!

Having your own place also means you will have less money, since you are paying for rent, utilities, and food. In my last blog post See Ya Dorm, Hello Real World Living I named a number of different bills that you need to pay, plus I explained a good schedule to follow for bills. On top of the normal monthly bills, before moving in there are a number of bills and unexpected costs that you need to take into account when moving out. The less surprise bills you have, the better budgeting you can do and save money to do fun things.

This brings me to cooking. The easiest way to save money is to cook at home. On the other hand, the easiest way to eat is to order out, but when you’re on a budget it can get expensive. Key to saving money is to make a lot, you can even freeze some of the leftovers and make at home TV dinners. Also, spices, pasta, Ramen, tuna fish and PB&J will be your best friends.  

Some ingredients that are imperative to have at your house at all times (give or take a few items depending on your taste of food):

Barbecue sauce, tortilla chips, shredded cheese, tortillas

Pasta, pasta sauce, ramen, eggs

Canned corn, beans, tuna fish

Bread, peanut butter, jelly/fluff

Ketchup, peanut butter

Salt, pepper, olive oil/butter/cooking spray, lemons/limes, Spices- whatever you like

Here is a quick recipe that is filling and delicious:

Quick and Cheap Quesadilla

Ingredients:

                1 tortilla

                Shredded Cheese

                BBQ Sauce

                Any filling of your choice (beans, corn, chicken)

Directions:

1.)    Heat a skillet and grease the pan either with butter, olive oil or spray lightly.

2.)    Put one tortilla on a pan and spread half of it with the shredded cheese. Put as much cheese depending on how cheesy you want your quesadilla.

3.)    Place all of the other ingredients on top of the cheese.

4.)    Lightly squeeze some barbecue sauce over the ingredients.  

5.)    Sprinkle a little more cheese on top of the other ingredients.

6.)    Fold the other half of the tortilla and hold your spatula on top so it doesn’t open.

7.)    Finally, when the cheese is half way melted and your tortilla is browned enough, flip the tortilla to the other side.

8.)    Take off, cut and enjoy!