A friend posted a link to the New York Times titled "What Is It About 20-Somethings?" the other day on his Facebook. Since when did Facebook become my news source?
It discussed the trend of 20-year-olds moving back home with their parents and jumping from job to job or internship to internship. It was a ten page article so I only skimmed part of it, but here is my take on why this happens:
IT'S FREAKIN' EXPENSIVE BEING AN "ADULT".
So you want to move out and live on your own? Here are the things you will be financially responsible for every month:
Let's talk about home maintenance, shall we? There is no mommy/daddy/grandma/maid who comes in to do your chores. You are now accountable for the following:
- rent/mortgage payments
- electricity bill
- gas bill (if applicable)
- water bill
- lawn maintenance
- cable/television bill
- internet bill
- cell phone bill (unless you piggyback on your parent's plan like we do)
- renter's/homeowner's insurance
- car insurance
- personal property insurance
- health insurance (thank you, Army, for free health insurance)
- gas for the car
- vet bills if you have a dog (and hopefully you don't have one as messed one as Bella)
And hope that your house or apartment comes with the following or else you'll need to buy these too: refrigerator, stove/oven, laundry machines, furniture, television, and dishwasher (if you're lucky).
It never hit me more that we were on our own until The Hubby had to buy a weed whacker and take care of the lawn for the first time in his life. Check out his protective eye wear
and his bulging biceps and triceps .
- yard work
- taking out the trash
- washing the car
- changing out the air filter and the refrigerator filter
- scrubbing down toilets, showers, tubs
- wiping down furniture, counters, mirrors, windows
- picking up dog shit
- feeding the dog
- bathing the dog
Good luck, kiddos! At least you can eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner whenever you'd like.