January 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
As a college student, living on your own for the first time is intimidating. Suddenly, you have to be responsible for everything – paying bills, cleaning your house, and buying groceries, as well as all the demands that come with being a student. Getting used to all of these tasks can be rough at first. Luckily, each of these is fairly simple to figure out. As you learn how to accomplish each one, it will get easier to finish everything that you need to get done. You’ll figure out how to pay all your bills. Soon you’ll have a routine for cleaning your house. Over time, you will find that it’s easy to make a quick trip to the Santa Monica supermarket. For now, though, here’s a guide to getting these tasks done.
The hardest part of paying bills is having the money to do it. While this may seem flippant, it really does make it easier to pay what you owe when you have enough money to do so. When you can afford to make your monthly payments, you will breathe easier and be less stressed. Once you know you have enough to pay your bills, you can write out checks for each bill you owe. If you are mailing out payments, use lined envelopes for added security. Use enough postage, and be sure to send it out before the due date in order to avoid late fees. An easier option is to set up automated bill pay with your bank. Many banks offer this service, which makes it much easier to handle to pay all your bills on time.
Cleaning Your House
Keeping your house clean can be a challenge when you’re busy with school and other obligations. It can get even harder if you share a living space with a roommate. The best thing you can do is take responsibility for your own messes. Wash your dishes regularly and make sure the kitchen counters are wiped down. Take your shoes, coats, and backpack into your room, rather than leaving them in a common living space. Taking the garbage out regularly should be done on a regular basis. If you find that, despite your efforts, your apartment doesn’t remain clean, you should talk with your housemates about keeping your shared living spaces clean.
This is the area that most college students really struggle with. When you were living at home, you didn’t need to buy groceries, so it’s not a skill you learned. While it can seem intimidating, it’s really not too difficult. To get started, you should make a list of foods that you like and that are easy to prepare. Peanut butter and jam, cans of soup, yogurt, and frozen meals are delicious and simple to make. When you first arrive at the Santa Monica supermarket, it may feel like you need to buy everything. Don’t worry about buying everything at once. Rather, staples such as sugar and flour can be bought one at a time until you have what you need. Instead, focus on picking out a few healthy meals to last until you can get to the store again.