Hello and welcome to Budgeting 101. I’m The Responsible Adult and I’m here to help you manage your money and figure out what you can actually afford on your piss-poor salary.
I’ve created some budgeting spreadsheets for y’all ranging from super simple to very detailed. You can download them here. Explanations & (very basic) budgeting guide behind the cut.
WARNING: MATH SKILLS REQUIRED. HAHA, SUCKERS, YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULDN’T USE THIS IN REAL LIFE.
When people first move out, they’re completely at a loss on how to buy groceries. Sure, you know how a grocery store works in theory and you’ve used it to buy crackerjack or whatever it is kids are into these days, but you’ve never really had to fill an entire kitchen with supplies. And then do it again and again ad nauseam. So you make multiple trips because you keep forgetting things and all kinds of shit goes to rot in your fridge or on your counter. But fear not, young one, we are here for you.
Finally, someone in your family/friend circle/dorm/apartment complex LIKES TO FUCKING COOK. Find them & make friends with them; chances are, they will be MORE than happy to show you the basics of sautéing, broiling, baking, & grilling, allowing you to impress friends & coworkers alike with your culinary prowess.
I’m going to second the using your cooking friends to learn. Don’t just take advantage of those people and have them cook for you all the time (although, speaking as the cooking friend, they’re probably more than happy to do it)—actually fucking learn something! Even if it’s something as simple as browning a chicken or making tacos. Learn to make something more complicated that cereal and milk. If your friend knows how to do that, then just ask them how to do it. Shit, man, this isn’t hard.
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