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21 / M / Santa Barbara, CA
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Posted 12/2/13
There's no set age to move out. I moved out at age 15 and have been living on my own and supporting myself ever since. I am currently 21. Getting a job is a must. If possible keep going to school. College is a priority for me at the moment. Making good decisions is extremely important. Never give partying or self indulgence priority.

That being said, living on your own is quite interesting and enjoyable. You have your own schedule and no-one to bother you, tell you what to do or complain about anything.

Personally it wasn't that hard moving out. I've always been relatively independent so getting a job and getting my stuff together wasn't that big of an ordeal. I plan on finishing college and start my own business eventually. Personally I have tons of goals in my life, and thankfully they have been being accomplished one at a time so far.
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Interesting that you moved out at such a young age and impressive at least to me though.
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Technically speaking nobody lives alone who is on the internet. Living alone is being a hermit who lives off the land away from society.
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ArtyD42 wrote:

Technically speaking nobody lives alone who is on the internet. Living alone is being a hermit who lives off the land away from society.


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Really nice thread.

1) If you already live on your own, what was it like for you learning how live independently?
I used to live in my own apartment for a couple years, but due to crappy situations, I'm back with my parents. I'm saving up some money since I got a good job now and finishing up school. My parents want me to stay until my girlfriend graduates college next semester and then we'd get our own place. But to answer your question, I was forced to move out due to a family tragedy and I had to learn everything about the real world insanely quick. It wasn't too bad, but I definitely wasn't ready for it at the time.

2) What age should people move out of their parent's home?
I wouldn't put a correct age on this question. The economy is still pretty shaky, so I'd say move out when you're ready. You're family is there for a reason if you fall.

3) What are some things that make you nervous about growing up?
I think all of those nervous thoughts are gone for the most part. However, I'm still a little nervous about moving out on my own again, but I know it'll be alright in the end. I just worry a lot.
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I graduated high school at 17 and went straight to college, marrying within a year-and-a-half. I was completely clueless about how the big world works, and learned by basically getting my _ss kicked by school, work, and whatever other fun situation rolled around. I can honestly say that marriage probably saved me, because it gave me something to focus on that didn't involve feeling sorry for myself. Yeah, I had hit that wall and become one of those people. Such an early marriage was a struggle, but worth it in our case. Definitely worth it in my case.

*but math still gives me hives. . .
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I think I could easily tolerate living on my own. Going into college, I have the option of living on my own, or with a roommate. I think I'll go with a roommate because I know myself too well; I'll shun everyone completely given the chance. Other than that, I'm fairly confident I could live on my own. The only thing that makes me nervous about growing up is keeping a solid job after college, and getting married.

As for when people should move out of their parent's home, That's a decision the parents get to make, not the children.
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It might be like that time I went out of state; Happy and excited at first, but homesick within a few days.
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Ha Haaaaa!

Nope!
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Of course, and even though I'm only 20, I'm fully aware of how to put my income to best use and keep things such as electricity, water, food to minimum usage but get the best out of them.
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Schmeh172 wrote:

Ha Haaaaa!

Nope!


For now but you'll get there.
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17 / M / detroit, Michigan
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well, im not necessarily old enough to do so, but if I was, it would be great.
2. 22.
3. I I am scared of paying bills.
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1) If you already live on your own, what was it like for you learning how live independently?

I've lived alone since I was around 15, fosterhomes did not work out for me that well, so I was allowed to live alone, which was the best thing that could've happened to me. I was pretty much accustomed to taking care of myself in that way, so it wasn't very hard. Except cooking. I kept eating noodles or pancakes for like the first year or so. Nottttt healthy. Make someone teach you how to cook properly before you move out! Other than that, it was a breeze.

2) What age should people move out of their parent's home?

When you're able to support yourself economically and you feel ready for it? Age shouldn't have anything to do with it.

3) What are some things that make you nervous about growing up?

Nothing about "growing up" has made me nervous. It's life, just adapt.
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3) What scares me the most about living by myself is not being able to support myself and others. Also, I'm really, really, REALLY lazy, so doing chores, cooking, exercising regularly, and just keeping my life in order just seem really hard, and without parents being around to push me to do these things, I'm not sure if I will do them. I hardly have any motivation to do them anyway. I mean, why not just let things pile around your house... Surely not trash, but dirty clothes before laundry cycles, old boxes... I feel like I might become a hoarder one day XD.


I'm only 15 right now, but I feel like I'm already falling behind. Friends have started to work part-time and volunteer, but I feel like I wouldn't be able to keep a job. I've done this in the past. I had something needed doing, and all I did was procrastinate. Things never get done.


Any tips?
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23 / M / KS, USA
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Hmm, while I think I will be ready in the sense of being able to be away from my family because we only see each other a couple of hours a day if that... I don't think I will be ready financially since I currently am only making enough to pay for my car bills and phone bills with just enough extra spending cash to be able to provide for my hobbies once or twice a paycheck.

1) If you already live on your own, what was it like for you learning how live independently?
While I don't live on my own, so to speak, I barely see anyone else in my family due to differing work hours and such. Also how my set up is at my parents house, I practically have everything except a microwave in, or connected to, my room. So it feels like I am living independent. Though it is obviously different as I don't pay bills...

2) What age should people move out of their parent's home?
Well... Personally I want to say there is no age. I know plenty of people in their late 20's and early 30's living with their parents, though most are because their parents are quite older and need the extra help I guess getting around and such... but there are a few it is just because it is easier for them, and I guess their parents, to stay living there.

3) What are some things that make you nervous about growing up?
Nothing actually... I hated high school and couldn't wait to get out of it. I'm a poor student and can't wait (and probably wont) to finish college... and I want to have my own place, or at least have a roommate (probably my best friend since we've talked about it) away from my family and being independent.
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