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What is the absolute first thing you do when you turn 18 and have to move out? I’m curious what I have to do. Please tell me every detail. Like all these different names for things.

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    daniel l
    December 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    im 14 right now but first thing im going to do is find a job,get a tattoo and get laid

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    December 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    First things first, you don’t HAVE to move out when you turn 18. Your parents might make you, but as a general rule you don’t have to leave home until you want to.

    The first thing you would need to do is get a job. Without a job, you won’t have any money to move out. Save all your money for a few months until you have enough money for a security deposit and a couple of months of rent. Then find yourself an apartment or room to rent.

    After that you’ll have to get utilities turned on if your landlord doesn’t provide them for you. The landlord can give you advice on how to get them turned on but it’s usually as simple as choosing a provider and calling.

    Once you’ve got a place to live and utilities to live on, the rest is up to you.

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    December 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    If you have to move out when you turn 18, start working and saving money as soon as possible. Get a bank account with your parent/guardian now if you trust them not to take your money, or open the account on your own as soon as you turn 18.

    Build a budget including all income and expenses – what you expect when you live on your own. Typical monthly expenses include: Rent, Loans, Water, Cable, Internet, Phone, Electricity, Car Insurance, Renter’s insurance, Groceries, Gasoline, and spending money. The cost of bills depends on where you live. There are lots of free budget forms for download; also check out and for help budgeting. Rent should never be more than a third of income; many landlords verify this before they’ll offer a lease. If you don’t have enough money coming in to cover these expenses, consider getting a roommate.

    Make a savings plan to prepare for moving out. There are lots of “start-up” costs involved in moving out the first time. Deposits for apartment and bills are the largest factor. Other things to save for are: Furniture (bed, couch/chairs, coffee/side tables, TV stand), electronics (TV, Computer, Microwave), Pots & pans, Dishware, Silverware, Bedding, towels, and the list goes on. Buy items that are easy to move before moving to decrease the amount you’re spending at one time. In addition to saving for the items listed above, put some in savings for a “rainy day” in case of job loss, medical emergency or car accident. $ 1,000 is the minimum, 3-6 months bills is recommended.

    A great way to start on your own is to live by this budget before you move out and put what you expect to pay in bills into a savings account. Not only does this get you in the habit of living off the money budgeted for non-essential items, but it’s a great way to build up savings.

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