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>I guess I could swing living in a studio by myself but i'd be completely fucking broke all the time.
Welcome to being an adult. Unless you live in a flyover state or some bumfuck hick town, rent + college is going to consume you. Get used to being broke, that's how it's gonna be, for at least 4 years or so. Don't take out crazy student loans, don't let your bank trick you into signing up for a bunch of cards. Get 1 credit card to build credit, pay it off ON TIME and never go over 30% of the balance. Spend money frugally, buy what you NEED such as food and stuff for your place. On great occasion if you're able to save up, buy something nice so you don't completely fucking lose your mind.
Roommates can make living much cheaper, but you will undoubtedly have several terrible experiences with them over the next couple years. I've had some insanely bad roommates in my time. Here are some tips, and although they may seem like common sense people fuck this up all the time, myself included when I was young.
Don't have a roommate who's addicted to anything, even if they're your best friend. Just don't. Don't have anyone who's violent. Even if they've never gotten violent with you, violent people tend to just lash out and eventually they'll start shit with someone in your house. Don't have anyone who has mental issues of any sort, this includes things that are seemingly benign like depression or anxiety. This may sound cold but a lot of these people are completely incapable of taking care of themselves and their surroundings and often it's like living with a child. Don't have any chick roommates. This sounds stupid but let me explain. Chicks will bring over guys. For whatever reason chicks seem more comfortable fighting with people in their house than anywhere else. They will get into arguments with EVERYBODY over NOTHING. Don't have anybody way younger than you. Like nobody who's under 23. People who are 18-22 are completely fucking retarded. This is objective and irrefutable, just trust me on this one.
Your ideal housemate is 24+ Male with a job who's clean, respectful, and isn't an addict.
Regarding spending look for sales at your local grocery store. Sometimes something will go on sale and it's just smart to buy bulk of it right then and there. Don't be afraid to drop $70 on groceries if you can get certain things way cheaper than you would another time. Buying food requires strategy, as it will be the single most horrible expense for you other than your rent.
Lastly, be EXTREMELY polite to your landlord. Landlords can and will dick you up and down so hard your asshole will prolapse.
What you need to do as SOON AS YOU MOVE IN is take pictures of every room, walls, ceiling, floor, all electrical fixtures, door frames, windows, and then the outside of the place. This is to have evidence in case your landlord tries to scam you for damage you didn't cause. Taking a short video is also recommended, with yourself in the video at some point. I was robbed $875 deposit a couple of years ago because the Landlord stole everyone's deposit on claims of damage we didn't do, but we had no evidence to refute it. Fucker made off with $5000 total.
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