When you get in a heated argument with your parents, you might daydream about what it would be like to move out on your own. Before you make that decision, think it through first.
In many cases, you’re better off to stay right where you are until you’re older and have some money behind you. There are lots of things you need to consider before making a major decision like that.
At your parent’s house you have it made. You have your own room, plus free run of the house, and three meals a day provided for you. If you move out, where are you going to go? Your friends may have been quick to say you could go to their house.
But when it comes right down to it, will their parents really let you move in? If not, you’ll have to look into hotels and apartments.
Your Bank Account
Do you have enough money to cover first and last month’s rent, along with utilities and food? Even if you move in with one of your friends, you’re still going to need to pay for your own food, and in most cases something toward the utilities. Nobody is going to let you live with them for free indefinitely. All of these things cost money.
Some teenagers consider financial assistance or welfare as a way of moving away from home at a younger age. However, in order to qualify for financial assistance when you’re under 18 your parents have to sign a form saying they are unwilling to support you financially.
Most parents won’t sign the form because they are willing, as long as you live under their roof. Even if you do qualify for social assistance, you’ll only qualify for the minimal amount and will barely have enough to cover your living expenses and food. You won’t have enough money to cover a social life or entertainment.
Extra Hours on the Job
If you didn’t already have a job, you’ll need one now. Part-time hours won’t be enough to cover the amount of money you’ll need to keep your head above water, so you’ll have to grab extra shifts when you can. That will mean working most of the time when you’re not in school.
Juggling Schoolwork, Work, and Life
When you’re in high school and living on your own, there’s no one to tell you it’s time to do your school work. You need to figure that one out on your own. You also need to go to work to make money to support your lifestyle. If you can handle all three, you’ll be doing okay, but most teenagers can’t.
Between schoolwork and work, you’ll probably find that you’re too tired or too busy to maintain much of a social life. Or, you may find that you go a little wild with the freedom living away from home gives and you let your job slide and leave your bills neglected.
Many times it’s the schoolwork that falls behind, when teens consider work and their social life their highest priorities. As a result, they wind up dropping out of school and working more to earn enough money to pay their bills and support their social lives.
Don’t be so quick to threaten to move out in a moment of heated anger. Think about everything involved and realize that until you’re truly on your feet, you’re better off at home with your parents. Once you’ve graduated and have a job, it’s totally doable. But, for now, let them worry about the bills, so you can worry about your studies and your social life.