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What Life Is Actually Like When You Start Making Your Own Money

Finally, you scored your first job and can pretty much tell your parents to take a hike. Because, lets face it, you're the captain of your own ship now. Smooth sailing, right?

1. Just got your first real job ever?

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Feels pretty good, being all grown up and all.

2. Money problems? Yeah right!

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3. Gone are the days where you have to ask your parents for, well, anything.

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That first paycheck feels so good!

4. So naturally, you WANT to buy all the things.


6. As a newly-minted working professional, you have certain expenses that require your attention

7. Haha expenses? What expenses? Uh-oh.

8. Let's take a closer look at our budget here...

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9. There are, of course, your weekly groceries to account for.

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10. However, froyo does not fall into the "weekly grocery" category. It is a line item of its own.

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11. Wardrobe expenses definitely must be factored in as well.

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12. Coffee isn't even optional. Budget accordingly.

13. Extra-curricular activities, within reason, get priority as well. Like video games.

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14. If you have a car, it can be a good way to impress the ladies. But gas is not cheap.

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15. An emergency fund can be a good idea. You never know when the unexpected will happen.

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16. With careful planning and financial awareness, you can be well on your way to fiscal stability!

17. Bring it, financial responsibility and adulthood!

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