Still living at home after graduating college? Don’t worry, I am in the same boat here. Before I get into my post, I would like to let you know that this is completely opinionated and obviously I may have a different home life than you, but I just wanted to share my experience with anyone that can relate.
I feel like once you graduate college and land a job, everyone looks down on you if you are still living at home. I get it, once you graduate college, it is time to take the next step in your life. For many, it may be moving outside of mom and dads home.
If you have to move out for job reasons or if you really are fed up with home and want your own place, be my guest. But, living at home should never be looked down upon. Why? Because it is someone’s choice to do so and usually Mom is the last person to throw their child out of the house.
If you are 23 like me and confused on your next steps in life, let me give you some reasons why staying at home could be the good choice.
The absolute main reason for living at home is saving money. Who doesn’t like to save money. Honestly, I will never be ashamed for living at home because the amount of money I am able to save per paycheck is just incredible. Due to the fact that I spend over 3 grand a year on commuting, I would NOT be able to live the lifestyle I do with rent/home expenses piling on.
When your 23, entry level salaries are most likely going to apply to most graduates and saving money can be hard especially in the NJ/NY area if you were to have your own place.
Living at home allows you to live cheap and save up for things that are really going to benefit you at the time. If you are lost in career choices like I am personally, having a lot of money in the back pocket to experiment on different things is amazing. Instead of paying your months rent, you can travel out to Los Angeles and meet the next celebrity that wants to take you under their wing. Yes, that may sound ridiculous, but having extra cash gives you the opportunity to fall into things like this.
Home cooked meals and a home environment. Nothing will ever beat a home cooked meal from mom and dad. Hint, this is another money saver. Personally, I am not the greatest cook, so if I was out on my own, I would probably spend a lot of money on take out food.
Having your own bed and some chores done for you also relieves the stress. Usually, I am out of the house for 12 hours for work and I come home to write the blog. Since my mom is a sweetheart and takes care of laundry, I have more time too breath after a long work day and commute.
By all means, if you feel it is time to move out, go ahead and do it. The last thing I like to see is people mocking others about living at home or bragging about their new apartment. There should be no shame for sticking to the old house and saving some dough while you are at it. I am never ashamed for sleeping in my own bed at 23 because of the funds I am saving.
Don’t get me wrong, I will eventually move out in my 20’s once I feel I am ready, but for now, my feet are kicked up and I am chilling! Don’t be ashamed if you have to stick with mom and dad for 10/20/30 years. As long as you are being productive, have a goal in mind, and are happy, that is all that matters! 🙂