Adulting: Is the Struggle Real?

Friday, June 17, 2016

Remember when your only worry in the world was if your friend down the street would be able to play after dinner? That seems like such an made up concept now that you're juggling bills, jobs, romance and hopefully a decent sleep schedule. The pressures of life are really starting to kick in. You find yourself making more responsible decisions and being less reckless with your time and money. Where is the fun in that? The thing is, there isn't too much fun in it and that is how you know you’ve entered the adult world.

My idea of being an adult consisted of finally being allowed to wear make-up and having the freedom to drive myself wherever I wanted but there is a whole other side to this adult stuff. While graduating from college, moving out of your parents house, getting your first big job, and finally being on your own seems like fun - we all know being an adult isn’t always easy. I’m a new member in the adult world and I’m realizing I am not the only one on the struggle bus.

Health insurance
When we were sick we would just go to the doctor, mom would come with us and we would walk out with a lollipop. Now we have to fill out all of this paperwork on how much medical attention we think we need. Where do you start?! is a really good resource when it comes to understanding customizable plans. An alternative is to stay under your parents insurance as long as possible.  That’s what I am going with for now.

Cooking for one
Your dinner isn’t going to magically appear on the table. I see why adults eat out all the time. The last thing you want to do is come home from work and cook. Give a shout out to your mom for being a real trooper.
Buying groceries isn’t so bad because you have total control over what food you put in the house. The sucky part is though some of them will go bad if you don’t use them right away and then your stick eating ramen the rest of the week.

Buying cleaning products
Who would’ve thought you would be spending your hard earned cash on Clorox. Do you spend the extra dollar on the brand name items or is the store brand sufficient? Do you even know how to use a mop? Wait which one is for the toilet and which one is for the counter?

Making Appointments
Your dentist appointment isn’t going to schedule itself. It is up to you to pick up the phone and willingly surrender yourself to be poked and prodded. 1-800- No-Thanx

Credit Cards
Kudos to those who started building their credit early, but for those who did not here’s your chance to start. There are a lot of companies out there and its hard to know which one will work for you and which one just wants to charge high interest rates.  CreditCard Insider is a really good resource for finding out which credit card is best for your needs. Just remember that it is not free money... you will have to pay it back.

Last but not least…

Paying Bills
Checking the mail is a habit you have to get into doing. Not your inbox.... your mailbox. Say goodbye to fun post cards and hello to bothersome bills. If there is one thing in the world you can count on, it is that your bills will come every month. You don’t need to worry about your electricity bill leaving you; they’re kind of clingy in that sense. There is nothing worse in the world than when you realize you have to start paying for everything and don’t have any money to do so.

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