Adulting isn't always simple, let's face it. Managing credit cards, paying off school debt, and budgeting without the assistance of parents may be difficult. However, in a recent survey, nearly 40% of young people said it’s financial independence—such as paying rent and having your own health insurance—that really makes you feel like an adult. Luckily, you don’t have to go full grown-up right away. You can get there step by step.
Build your Credit
A strong credit score may assist you with anything from renting an apartment to getting a job, and since a longer credit history is better, it's a good idea to start developing credit as soon as possible. You should ideally have your own card so that you may have complete control over your transactions and payments.
Smartly Manoeuvre Student Loans and Grants
Whether you live with your parents or just tag onto their cell phone plan, many millennials who rely on their parents for financial help say student loans are the reason. So how do you get them under control? First, know your options for repayment and consolidation, which could reduce your payments. You may be able to pay off your loans over a longer period, or you may qualify for an income-based repayment plan, both of which could also lower monthly payments.
Prepare for rent by placing a monthly rent-like amount into a savings account. This helps you get acclimated to the budget line item, and when you're ready to live on your own, you may put the money toward a security deposit or perhaps a down payment. If you currently pay rent to parents, ask if they'll consider using the money to help you get back on your feet by contributing to a savings account or assisting you with school debt.
Open your Own Bank Account
You can still share a bank account with your parents if you created one as a teen. It might be beneficial to have your own account now that you're paying your own bills. Removing someone from a joint account might take some time—in most cases, both parties must sign documentation in person at a branch. Another option is to create a separate account for yourself and finally close the one you shared.
Figure out Transportation
Millennials may be driving less than previous generations, but 77 percent still drive to work or school, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. If you are borrowing your parents’ wheels for now, find out what they pay each month, including gas and insurance—then consider contributing. This can help you start budgeting for transportation costs. When you plan to buy your own car, you may be able to save money by buying used.
Do Not Cut All Family Ties
Financial freedom does not imply severing all financial links with your parents. Sharing expenditures such as family trips, subscriptions, and shared presents may benefit everyone. Furthermore, many experts believe that family mobile phone plans are beneficial since they are often less expensive per person than individual contracts. That isn't to say you should expect your parents to cover the entire expense. Make an effort to contribute to your part.