Remember when you were a little kid and $20 felt like a huge amount of money? But somewhere along the line, you grew desensitized to the feeling of parting with 20 bucks, and it began feeling like hardly anything. Being a grown-up is not just hard — it’s expensive. That 20 bucks that once seemed like the most money you’d ever have now hardly gets you anywhere, and all of the things you need and want to do (in addition to all of the things you’re expected to do in adulthood) start costing far more.
But here’s the thing — you don’t have to blow through money in the way you think or thought adults do (or the way you watch them blow through it on tv shows, which are usually just unrealistic as hell). It may seem chic to sip an expensive, fruity cocktail every night and go for a pricey brunch every Sunday à la Sex and the City. It may seem normal to have an apartment with 10x the square footage you actually need like the squads in sitcoms like New Girl have. It might even seem feasible to spend money on gigantic lattes every single damn day like the characters in Friends. But we all know that none of this is required in adulthood; all you really need to do to ace “adulting” is to live well within (and preferably below) your means, and enjoy your life while staying true to the budget that makes sense for your income and lifestyle.
So, how do you avoid those “grown-up” traps that might be causing you to spend more than you need to? In this week’s video over on the TFD YouTube channel, Chelsea goes through seven behaviors that might seem chic and grown-up, but are actually huge wastes of money. If you’re finding adult life to be far more expensive than you’d imagined, and you’re ready to see what part you can play in nixing your pricey “grown-up” habits, check out the video here:
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