Adulting 101 for College Students // Budgeting, Meal Prep, Laundry, Organisation and Much More!

November 16, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


If you just started living on your own college
dorm or apartment, you are probably feeling the first struggles of leading an independent
life and figuring out things by yourself. In this video I wanted to give you a few tips
that I’ve learned since I started living alone and which can help you out and make
you feel less anxious about the moving out process. Learn how to budget. This is the first thing you need to settle
before you do anything else. Learning how to budget is a skill that will
help you throughout your life. Managing your money can be tricky and prioritizing
expenses, knowing when to pay your bills and managing pocket money takes a bit of practice
but it will make your life much less stressful and unpredictable. I am currently using an excel spreadsheet
to help me with my expenses. I just insert all the items that I spend my
money on in a monthly basis and then regularly track my spending so I have an overall notion
of where my money is going and where I should save. One YouTube channel that I highly recommend
for starting building your finance health is the Financial Diet. Meal prepping
Meal prepping is a life saver and something that can both improve your health and diet
as well as your finances. Schedule one day per week to look at your
pantry and plan the next seven days of meals. This takes half and hour and will save you
so much extra time and struggle. After you’ve planned all your meals for
the following week, go shopping or order the produce if your local supermarket provides
that service and save one morning to meal prep for the following days. Boiling eggs in advance, cutting firm veggies,
making humus or other spreads in bulk, cooking rice, boning or cutting meat, cooking soup
and freezing pre cut loafs of bread – those are all things you can do a few days in advance
that will save you so much time during the week. Your wallet will also thank you since you
won’t have the urge to dine out as often. If you are unsure of how long you can preserve
your food on your fridge or the freezer, I will leave a link down below provided by the
World Health Organization which lists different types of food, the way they are cooked and
the quantity. Creating a Fixed Grocery List and Keeping
Track of Expiration Dates Still related to food, a good trick to save
tons of money and make sure you are always stocked on the food essentials is keeping
a grocery list with all the basic items you need in your fridge and pantry to make sure
you never run out of milk again. Check that list once per week and take a look
in your kitchen – are you still stocked on all of the items? If so, can you estimate how long will it take
until you run out of any of them? Even if you are stocked, is your food reaching
its expiration date? Manage your grocery shopping around these
questions instead of buying too much in advance and letting it spoil or end up lacking some
essential pantry basics and ending up dining out. Also, a bonus tip: to keep track of expiration
dates, just grab a pen and scribble the date when the package was opened or, if you are
able to calculate it, the last day when it’s considered acceptable to still consume that
product. Create a cleaning plan and schedule
When you’re by yourself, cleaning definitely becomes a burden since you have no one to
share your chores with. Also, leaving the entire cleaning of a room
or house for one day only each week will take precious time out of your schedule that you
could be spending doing far more interesting things. What I decided to do was dividing these tasks
per day instead of doing everything in one morning or afternoon. I decided to input all household chores in
my calendar and create a repeating schedule so I would be reminded periodically of these
small tasks, such as changing towels, bedsheets, vacuuming, cleaning the fridge, and so on. I currently clean for 20 or 30 minutes every
day instead of wasting my weekend with those tasks and I think it’s a good habit to get
the hang of as soon as you can. Understand laundry
I still think laundry is kind of a science of its own and it was one of the things that
I had most trouble getting the hang of. First of all, understand that not all garments
can be machine washed and as such, you’ll have to be prepared with the appropriate setup
and products for hand washing. The fool proof way is to look at the tag,
but as a general rule, if they are delicate underwear, wool sweaters and silk blouses,
handwashing is the way to go. After that, divide your laundry by dark and
light colors and do separate washes for each or you’ll risk color transfer. If there are any stains, treat them previously
before throwing the garment into the machine. Also, be aware that unless your clothing is
severely stained, washing your garments with cold water or very low temperatures is still
the best idea in order to avoid disasters. The exception are clothes like cotton underwear,
sheets and gym clothing that have been exposed to body oil and sweat and as such need high
temperatures to be cleaned. Organize bills and important documents
Organizing bills, contracts and other documents is important so you can refer back to that
information quickly if you need to do so in the future. I usually place all of my letters, bills and
documents in a letter tray as soon as I receive them or print them. Then, a couple of days later, I go through
all of my correspondence and start labelling it according to function and importance. Contracts, which are documents that I will
need to refer to in the future, go to my main binder, where they are filed according to
usage and date. A good saving tip if you are paying for your
bills is signing up for electronic bills instead of paper ones. Most companies offer a discount for people
who sign up for the electronic version instead of paper. That is beneficial for many reasons – besides
the discount, since the bills are redirected to your e-mail address, you have less chances
of forgetting to pay them on time. On the other hand, you can keep track of them
by keeping them in the external drive in your computer in PDF version instead of having
to print them and file them individually. If you are unsure of how long you should keep
paper documents with you, there’s a handy guide at lifehack.com which I’ll link in
the description box that lists the documents you should permanently keep filed in your
house, and those that you can dispose of in a couple of months. Start regulating your shopping habits
If there was ever a good moment to start getting into the minimalism trend, this is it. When you are in a strict budget, with a not-so-good
of an income or trust fund, going all out and buying unnecessary things will straight
up ruin your experience. Learn how to keep to the essentials and test
yourself on what you really need to feel comfortable and happy. If you really enjoy that perfume, perhaps
it’s a bad idea to have a collection on top of your vanity. Investing in a good set of basic t-shirts,
jeans and plain sweaters is better value for your money than buying the trendy shirt that
you will stop wearing next season. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to
buy only boring, plain items, but be conscious in your shopping instead of impulsive. It’s a good time to start researching on
how to build your capsule wardrobe and select only the pieces that will make you happy and
comfortable. Caring for your health
Part of adulting means that you need to start taking care of your health as well. Keep an emergency contact list in a visible
area where both you and other people can reach for. Also, learn how to assemble a first aid kit
and keep it in a place you can easily access. To automate all health related errands, force
yourself to book all appointments in bulk, even if it means scheduling for weeks or months
in advance. Consult with your doctor to know how regularly
you should be visiting, and then plan away your dentist’s checks, dermatology consultation,
eye check, and so on. Start building your soft skills
Building your career or soft sills should start as early as possible and when you are
transitioning from your life as a student to full-on adulting, it’s crucial to master
a few basic skills to ease your way into your chosen career path. Things like writing a cover letter or mastering
your resumé are key aspects that you should practice and learn about as soon as you can. Attending job fairs or going to career related
workshops provided by your university are a good way to start getting acquainted with
these basic requirements. And for today these are the topics I wanted
to approach on how to start living an independent life. If you would like to see more videos on this
subject, feel free to tell me in the comments below and I will see you next week. Bye!