Yep, you read that correctly and yes, I am the millennial you have heard about. I have lived with my parents for 29 years. By living at home, I have been able to pay down credit card debt and student loans, and I also had the opportunity to explore a few different career paths. I finally decided to move out because I am financially stable, and I am pretty sure my parents want their space.
From my late teens, I have always wanted to build a home. However, after some life changes, I realized that I wasn’t ready for that responsibility. I decided to look for something that was lower maintenance with less square footage. After considering my wants and needs, I concluded that an apartment would be the best option for my next phase of life.
When selecting my apartment, I looked at cost, location, and amenities. I had narrowed down my search to three great options, but they all had pros and cons. Apartment A was close to work, but it would use every penny of my house budget. Apartment B was cheaper but didn’t have the amenities I wanted. Apartment C was the most affordable, had everything I wanted, but the location wasn’t ideal.
After looking at my budget and weighing out the pros and cons, I picked (drumroll please) Apartment C. By choosing the most affordable option, I saved nearly $200 a month. With these savings, I was able to reserve a covered parking spot at the complex and contribute more to my 401(k). Of course, the commute to work will be a little longer, but I know I’m making smart decisions that will change my financial future.
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