Things To Consider Before Moving Out On Your Own

Whether you’re about to graduate high-school, university or just ready to move out on your own, make sure to consider these few things before making your move. Moving out is a big step and at first, it can seem fun and free but sooner or later you will realize your dirty laundry doesn’t magically end up in your drawer clean anymore.

Get Some Tips

Before actually moving out, a great start would be to ask your parent/guardian to show you some of their famous cooking recipes, or teach you how to do household things that you have never done like what to use when cleaning the bathroom or living room, or the best products to use in the washing and drying machine. These tips will definitely help you in the long run when the ‘holy crap I’m living alone’ hits you.

Find A Place Well Before You Plan On Moving Out

Finding somewhere that is the perfect fit for you is really important before you move out. This way it will give you a little bit of time to pack what you think you will need and be able to shop for things that would fit well in your new living space. Like pictures, posters, furniture, decorations, etc. because let’s face it, bare walls are depressing. It also gives you time to ask around your family and friends to see if they have any furniture hand-me-downs they would be willing to pass on to you to save you some money from buying new.

Food

This is a big section when moving out. Remember if you’re living by yourself that you need to start shopping for one person, and I hate to break it to you but you are not going to survive on mac and cheese and ramen noodles. Buying vegetables and protein like chicken and pork are good. But, remember that unless you really love carrots, don’t buy a bag that has 20 carrots in it. It will go bad, trust me. Also, keep in mind that vegetables and fruit can go bad way quicker than you expect, so don’t buy more than you need. Don’t forget, a family member or friend is only a phone call away if you need advice on food preparation or recipes for a good meal.

Remember To Budget

One last thing to take into consideration is that you are going to have to start budgeting. You will have rent payments/mortgage payments, bills for hydro, electricity, internet, cable, cell-phone and if you have a car you will have insurance payments, plus you need to eat as well. Depending on your job, you may not have to worry too much about budgeting but it is always something to consider. No one wants to be late on paying a bill, rent or not be able to buy groceries, but don’t forget that going out and having a little fun every once in a while is perfectly healthy and something you should definitely do. This is one of the hardest steps to learn and it will take some time to become good at budgeting your money.

I am sure there are many other things that other people would say you should consider, but everyone’s moving out experience is different. These steps helped me when I decided it was time to move out and I hope they will help you. Moving out can be scary and make you realize how much you don’t know about ‘adulting’ but it can also be a really fun experience. You will learn a lot about yourself and learn a lot about things that you can take with you in the future. Take these few things into consideration and you will be on your way to moving into somewhere that is yours.

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Adopting Or Buying? It’s Up To You.

With places such as the SPCA and Small Animal Rescue Society, with considerable amounts of animals, why are people still buying? With many logical reasons behind buying instead of adopting, why are people still adopting? Almost every family across the planet has at least one pet, what influences their decision to either buy or adopt? These questions can come with many different answers that can make some people choose to adopt and some people to choose to buy.

Why Are People Buying?

Many families will choose to buy a pet instead of adopting one, one main reason is that they want to train their animal from when it is a child, and you will very rarely find young animals in shelters. Just like having their own baby, they want to create a personality for their animal and adopters find it hard to do that with an older pet. A study by Samuel Nieves from bestofdog.com shows that another reason why people are purchasing pets is because they want to know exactly where their animal is from. The reason being, they might want to breed their animal later. If the dog (for example) isn’t purebred or doesn’t have champion dogs in their pedigree they may not adopt them because if they breed their dog they want to make sure they make a good profit. Some other reasons for not wanting to adopt are:

  • The animal could have behavioral problems.
  • The animal could be unhealthy.
  • Adopters know nothing about the animals past. *

These are logical reasons to want buy a pet instead of adopting and with the overflowing state of shelters and animals from rescue groups, it seems that this is the route people usually take.

Why Are People Adopting?

There are quite a few reasons why people choose to adopt an animal over buying one. One of those reasons is expenses. Buying an animal can be anywhere from $100-$1000 or even more. When adopting a pet it could be as little as $20 depending on the shelter. Another reason why people are adopting stated from bestfriends.org is that when people would buy an animal from a store or from someone who bred the animal, they are on their own. When adopting from a shelter or rescue group, the shelters/rescue groups usually have a backstory of the animal and will help if there are any problems or questions that surface with the pet.

The last reason people usually want to adopt is because they want to save an animal’s life and give them a better home than what it probably had before. Many people will agree that adopting an animal is important and that everyone should adopt at least once, but if this is the case then why are our shelters/rescue groups overflowing with unwanted animals?

Both of these decisions have logical reasoning behind them but also have many unanswered questions. Many families will just adopt, just buy, or do both, it varies. Some people will agree with everything that goes behind adopting and some people may feel more comfortable and agree with everything that goes behind buying a pet. Have you ever thought about adopting or buying? Which one would you choose? The route that you decide to take is up to you.

 

References:

https://www.bestofdog.com/blogs/lifestyle/51885700-real-reasons-why-people-dont-like-to-adopt-shelter-dogs

http://bestfriends.org/resources/reasons-adopt-pet