Starting my own life

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Re: Starting my own life

Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:05 AM

sloth has been making a habit of popping up unpredictably. Like we're all supposed to believe he suddenly has a life... :wub:
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Re: Starting my own life

Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:05 AM

One thing to remember, being on your own is far more expensive than living with your parents, and a serious lifestyle change is in order. Things I'm referring to is like when in a store don't do things like "Oooh a new <Insert Name> game I've got to have that", there's a big difference between got to have and a necessity, so watch what you're spending your money on.

As far as good, cook your own. It's cheaper by far (and as already mentioned much healthier). There's nothing in a restaurant that I cannot cook for myself, and usually far cheaper as well.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:11 AM

I bet psycho hunts down his own meat instead of buying it from the butcher :D
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:13 AM

You can only eat so much ramen before you go ballistic. :hang:
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:14 AM

I do hunt a lot of my meat in fact, and I also raise a lot of it (beef, pork, etc) and it's a ton cheaper than buying it in the store, not to mention I know what it's been fed
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:30 AM

Yah I do like ramen but at the same time Idon't want to eat it the rst of my life.

LOL sloth has a life now. Watch him flame me for saying that.
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Re: Starting my own life

Posted 11 April 2010 - 12:00 PM

View Postmostyfriedman, on 11 April 2010 - 06:11 PM, said:

I bet psycho hunts runs down his own roadkill instead of buying it from the butcher :D


Fixed-1!

View Postmostyfriedman, on 11 April 2010 - 06:11 PM, said:

I bet psycho hunts down his neighbors cattle instead of buying it from the butcher :D


Fixed-2!

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Re: Starting my own life

Posted 11 April 2010 - 12:06 PM

View PostBenignDesign, on 11 April 2010 - 02:05 PM, said:

sloth has been making a habit of popping up unpredictably.

That's what she said.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 12:46 PM

View PostPsychoCoder, on 10 April 2010 - 08:14 PM, said:

I do hunt a lot of my meat in fact, and I also raise a lot of it (beef, pork, etc) and it's a ton cheaper than buying it in the store, not to mention I know what it's been fed


that's cool. my uncle also raises his own cattle. My dad also owns some lands where we grow pears, oranges and mango.
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Re: Starting my own life

Posted 11 April 2010 - 01:32 PM

Having no advice (Not gonna be supporting myself for at least two years), I'm just gonna wish you good luck.

G'luck!
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 01:34 PM

I found a five acre lot here in town. I;m thinking of cleaning it up and putting me a cow there. I doubt the city would let me though.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 02:17 PM

Wow a serious lounge discussion WTF!

Anyways it was pretty much summed up already. I was on my own since I was 17. Made a lot of dumb mistakes, credit cards are a no-no. 1 with a $500 limit for emergencies only and to help establish a credit history. Never use it or if you do make a small purchase of say $25-$50 and pay it off immediately.
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Re: Starting my own life

Posted 11 April 2010 - 02:41 PM

View PostHolden117, on 10 April 2010 - 10:02 PM, said:

Please no: "go away, we hate you"s or anything else you people might come up with. K, thanks.


Not needed...this thread has some merit.

I've still got 2 years of college left. I won't be [truly] on my own for another 2 years or thereabouts. To be perfectly honest, it scares the hell out of me.
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 02:53 PM

View PostBenignDesign, on 11 April 2010 - 05:04 AM, said:

I keep hearing everyone rattle on about "put back $5K so you have cash to fall back on..."

When I moved out on my own (Age 21) I had $4K saved up. I also found myself a woman that helped me squabble it away in less than a year. FAWK!
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Posted 11 April 2010 - 04:15 PM

I've dealt with having absolutely no money at all- which, strangely, isn't so bad here if you're willing to break taboo and if you have the fortitude to put up with having nothing for extended periods of time. I remember living on instant noodles for a month and finally 'splurging' and buying a big bottle of chocolate milk, I think that month- including rent, utilities, water, food, everything- I spent less than 70 bucks USD. With my rent at the time that comes out to about 30 bucks for food- a dollar of food (and water, which has to be bought here) per day.

So I guess my advice is: eat shit and deal with your situation when it sucks, because when you're on your own, you're really on your own. learning to cut costs is great, but learning to make money is even better. And worst case scenario, you have to have somebody you can call in an emergency. if you get in an accident, you can call an ambulance but if you're too sick to leave the house, it's better to call a friend and get them to bring over some chicken soup or whatever. I remember being injured a few times and stuck in my house and I called a friend and got them to bring over some food/drink/cigarettes and I got through those days and then I was on my own feet again.

Saving money is great. cutting costs is great. making money is great. having friends and being able to really connect with people to make new friends is great. but it's the combination of all of these that have allowed me to survive here and which I think will let you be able to survive more successfully if you do decide to move out.
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