Congratulations Class of 2012! You made it out of High school and you are now moving on to bigger and better things. Soon you will be out of your parent’s house, making your own decisions, eating what you want when you want, etc. It is important to make sure that you are ready for a move of this magnitude because if you aren’t, it can be a very shocking experience for both parents and children. This change can be both thrilling and a bit intimidating. So whether you are moving into an apartment of living in the dorms following these tips will help make your move a smooth and successful transition.

  • Have enough money saved: The one thing to remember is that you will now be living on your own, so you have to take into consideration all the little things that you never had to pay for before. For eating out, grocery shopping, gas, rent, electric, car insurance, phone bills, heating, tuition, books, etc. If you live on campus your first few years it will help save a lot of money on the little things because many of these expenses will be included in your tuition. You should always save at least two months of rent expenses, plus another $500-$1000 for miscellaneous expenses and a buffer in case of emergencies.
  • Getting a Job: This is something you will need to determine if necessary when you get into the swing of college life. Determine how you will have money coming in, if your parents are paying for your schooling then you are set. However if you are like many people and have to pay for school yourself it is very important to get a part time job that fits in with your schooling schedule. Many times universities have plenty of campus jobs that will work with your school schedule. Serving at a restaurant on the weekends is a great way to earn quick and easy money.
  • Plan a thorough budget: A college student’s least favorite thing is to live on a budget; however, it is essential for moving out. Whether you are supporting yourself or still receiving money from your parents it is important to keep track of what you can and cannot afford so you don’t spend all your money as soon as you have it. Sticking with your budget will create a stress free move out of your home.
  • Getting furniture and appliances: If you are returning to another year at college or decide to forgo the dorms and get your own place, you will need to get your own furniture and appliances. Typically a bed, couch, table, dresser, and refrigerator should get you through at first. If you’re moving out across state you will probably want to buy these items once you make it to your location. IKEA is always a great place to shop for young adults and college students.
  • Select the right apartment: Be sure the apartment you are moving into is what you are looking for. Always read the fine print on anything you sign, and don’t let pushy realtors talk you into something you don’t want. Make sure you find out what the application fee is, security deposits, pet fees (if applicable) and holding fees are. Know if these are refundable and under what circumstances. Just make sure to ask as many questions as you can and gather all the information necessary and you will be fine.
  • Food for thought: Don’t eat out or buy fast food if you can help it. The cost of these adds up very fast and become quite expensive. Learn to cook before you leave the house and buy in bulk when you go to the grocery store. Spaghetti, potato, soup, stew, and homemade bread will keep you healthy, full and protect your debit card.

While moving out and away from home can often be stressful, follow these tips and it will help the move not seem so bad. This can be one of the most exciting times in your life, so enjoy it! To learn more about the latest money saving tips visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888)566-3979.