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23 Situations That You Never Realised Were Expensive Until You Became An Adult

Could someone please explain why adulting is so damn expensive?

1. Shopping for toilet paper presents a difficult predicament for many adults — save a couple of bucks and wipe your ass with one-ply sandpaper, or splash out on the nice and soft stuff.

2. Study supplies are a source of tears when you're going to university on your own dime.

3. Coffee is air for new adults, except that it's not free and it will give you anxiety.

4. Linen is something that everyone always says to invest in, but they don't tell you that good linen can cost you mega money.

5. Plants are actually expensive AF and apparently you can't stop yourself from buying more than one.

6. Fresh produce is something that you haven't tasted since your first summer of adulthood.

7. Cheese is a forgotten luxury that you will only come close to tasting while salivating over Instagram pictures of grazing tables.

8. Meat is a luxury you can rarely afford and you end up telling your friends that "you're going vegetarian" instead.

9. Nuts are a fancy snack that you will desperately want to chew on as you meander around your ~stylish~ apartment.

10. Rent is a pretty obvious expense that you always somehow manage to forget about when you're doing your weekly food shop.

11. Furniture shopping is a black hole that drains your wallet and hurts your heart.

12. Strata stuff is a charge that no one knows about except the strata treasurer.

13. Public transport will fail and you will still pay through the nose for it.

14. Car charges will leave you wondering if your shitbox was even worth it.

15. Holidays are a beautiful paradise that you will pray for every day.

16. Sports is an expense that you never noticed your mum paying for.

17. Cleaning products are never ending — why is it so expensive to keep your house clean?!

18. Haircuts mean weighing up spending all your money and having fabulous new bangs, or saving coin and resorting to DIY.

19. Buying medication will bankrupt you, so you make do by simply avoiding the doctor.

20. Skincare is an expense you don't need right now but 50 year-old you will desperately want.

21. Razors take up most of your shopping budget when you're buying those slick, cool, moisturising blades.

22. Feminine hygiene products are also severely cutting into your money supply.

23. And finally, Tupperware – the most mystical adult purchase that causes you to immediately understand the benefits of a Tupperware party.