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Living on your own for the first time is a rite-of-passage in adulthood. You’ve graduated from the college dorms, roughed it with roommates for a few years, and now it’s your turn to have an apartment of your own.

For many people, this is a time of independence and excitement. At the same time, everything is on your shoulders now, including rent, utilities, and personal safety, which can be both scary and stressful. This survival guide will help you ease into this part of your life, allowing you feel as happy and blissful as you imagined you would.

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Create a Monthly Budget and Stick to It

Since you’re responsible for all expenses, from rent and utilities to food and entertainment, it’s crucial to manage your finances appropriately. Creating and sticking to a budget will teach you how to monitor your cash flow each month, so you can afford the cost of living and function within your means.

Start by tracking your finances with an app like Mint to see what you’re spending money on. With that knowledge, you can determine the best areas to cut back, while also enjoying life. Perhaps you cancel your weekly nail appointment so you have more money for happy hour with co-workers instead.

Learn the Art of Grocery Shopping for One

Rather than stockpiling take-out menus or frozen dinners, venture inside a supermarket and purchase a week’s worth of real food. One caveat —if you’re not used to cooking for just yourself, you’re likely to over-shop and fill the cart with items you won’t be able to finish before the expiration date. Food that spoils is money wasted, so make sure the grocery haul is enough for one person to eat.

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One strategy is to write out your meals for the week each Sunday (or whichever day you go grocery shopping). This allows you to get only what you need, and a few extra snacks and treats. If you don’t want to plan that far ahead, plan to shop two or three times a week, getting only what you need for a few days, rather than stocking up for the whole week.

Resist the Temptation to Be Disorganized

While there’s undeniable freedom in tossing your clothes on the floor and changing into sweatpants after a long nine-to-five, know the difference between indulging in personal space and crossing into the “slob zone.” Even if you’re not a domestic guru, it’s possible to maintain a clean, uncluttered home environment on a day-to-day basis.

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Make a point of running the vacuum, sweeping the floor, cleaning the bathroom and kitchen, and sorting through mail at least once a week. Next, optimize your available storage with these foolproof organization and decluttering hacks. With everything organized and stored away, your brain and life will feel less cluttered and more manageable.

Keep a Personal Safety Device At Home

The privacy that comes with living alone is what draws most people to it, but here’s the trade-off —you have be more vigilant about personal security. With no one else around to provide safety in numbers, it’s crucial to keep some kind of defense object within reach to protect yourself if needed. Luckily, there are many options to choose from:

“The most common self-defense weapons include pepper sprays, knives, batons and stun guns. Small, portable and legal in most states, these weapons can be stored in a nightstand or carried inside a purse in case of emergency,” explain experts at The Home Security Superstore. Choose a product you’re comfortable with and ask someone at the store to teach you how to use it. In an emergency, you’ll feel empowered and confident in protecting yourself and your home.

 

 

Be Smart When Posting on Social Media

Millennials are coming-of-age in the era of virtual connection, but there’s no reason to broadcast all your activities online. In fact, this could make you vulnerable to would-be intruders. According to a 2016 survey, 500 convicted burglars in New Jersey alone used social media to find their targets. You can minimize that risk by taking precautions on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. Here are two important tips for doing that:

  • Turn off location tags to prevent someone from learning your address or tracking your whereabouts.
  • Don’t give detailed information about your habits and routines or travel plans.

 

To the outside world, it shouldn’t be obvious that your household consists of just one person or that you’re leaving it empty for days or weeks at a time.

Living alone teaches you how to function as a responsible and resourceful adult, an invaluable lesson for every aspect of life, both on a personal and professional level. Use these tips to make this a stress-free and happy time in your life. Haven’t made the leap to living along just yet? Start your apartment search on ForRent.com.

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Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and is currently a full-time writer and content marketing consultant. She’s written for Reader’s Digest, AARP, Lifehack and more. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07 and connect on LinkedIn.

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  1. hi, I am Lavina Arora from INDIA..ARRIVING PHILADELPHIA ON 21ST AUGUST..

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  2. Living alone can be great, but it does have some challenges. This checklist is a good resource because it can help you get prepared for any situation you may face. This will eliminate some of the stress.

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