“I fell in love with books. Some people find beauty in music, some in painting, some in landscape, but I find it in words. By beauty, I mean the feeling you have suddenly glimpsed another world, or looked into a portal that reveals a kind of magic or romance out of which the world has been constructed, a feeling there is something more than the mundane, and a reason for our plodding.”—Donald Miller (via slekes)
I remember when I used to be this naive. Teenage naiveness, don’t you love it? Here, let me explain to you how the world works for us teenagers seeking to be independent.
Everything costs money. You may already know this but, guess what, you’ll really know about this when you try to move out. There are a lot of costs when it comes to… living. Rent, cell phone, food, gas, etc.
So, let’s start out by calculating rent and whatnot. I’ll go off of what I’ve paid and seen other people pay in California because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to move to California~
Where you live is the most important place, right? Unless you’re crashing with someone for free in a new area you’ll be spending at least a few hundred a month on rent alone. $400-1000 dollars a month.
Everyone needs a cell phone, right? That’s another $50-150 dollars a month.
Internet and utilities if they’re not included $30-100.
So far, without a car and car-related expenses, you’re at about $545 to $1350. Yeah, you have to cough up a good amount of money each year for the most basic services that we kind of “require” each month.
So, let’s get a job, right? After all, finding a job is extremely easy nowadays for a teenager. Let’s just say you’re a lucky person to actually find a job and you get hired for minimum wage at $8 an hour. To meet the bare minimum you’d have to work 68 hours a month to get a paycheck of $545 without taxes.
To make $1350 you’d have to work 168 hours. That’s 42 hours a week or 6 hours a day, each day.
If you’ve never worked, trust me. That’s a lot. And if you need a car you’ll also have to calculate gas and insurance. That only adds to your monthly costs.
And, of course, you’ll most likely have school and other things to do so you won’t exactly have every hour of every day available for work….
So, in closing, unless you get a huge aid from your school or mommy and daddy gives you an allowance every month. It’s not exactly… realistic moving out on your own. Hate to burst your bubble~