First time on my own... what are the essentials?

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    Sep 19, 2014 8:19 PM GMT
    Okay, I finally scored an awesome job that can put my college degree to use (sorta) in another town. I'm FINALLY moving out of Conservative Alabama to... well... another Conservative state but not as bad as here. I found a nice 1 bedroom apartment downtown that's close to my work place.

    This is the first time I'm getting out on my own and, well, I'm pretty lost. It's a bit scary to me because I honestly don't know wtf I'm doing.

    So... I need some advice RealJock crew! What supplies, tips, lifehacks, ect would you give to a single muscle-bear-in-training who's finally getting out on his own? icon_lol.gif

    Inb4 "lol you're moving out at 22"
    Inb4 "lube, dildos, other sex toys"
    inb4 any shade thrown! icon_evil.gif
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:25 PM GMT
    Start saving to furnish your place. That shit isn't cheap lol. The little thing add up. That was the first lesson I learned
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    Keep an eye on your bills! In particular the heating bill - don't have the heating on higher than you need it, or for longer than necessary. I am lucky because I like it frosty. Even if I can see my breath while sitting in the living room, that doesn't mean the heating should go on!
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:27 PM GMT
    Oh, and get a dishwasher, you won't regret it.
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    Living on your own? Making sure you have things like trash bags, batteries, a can opener, steak knives, stuff you may not use everyday but you can't get caught without.
    Don't forget bathroom towels, kitchen towels, toilet paper, plunger, cleaning supplies, and an extra blanket/pillows in case a guest sleeps over.
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
    Join a good gym and hit the flea markets and Goodwill-type places for home furnishings!
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
    Solid advice so far, fellas! Thanks.

    R.I.P. my bank account.

    Forgot to mention that I'll have about a $400 budget to spend on supplies until I get settled and my pay increase begins icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:32 PM GMT
    HolyHex001 saidStart saving to furnish your place.


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    Sep 19, 2014 8:35 PM GMT
    If your town has a day in the fall and spring that's designated as bulk item or large item pickup where people put out furniture, appliances, etc. that are too big for regular trash pickup find the richer neighborhoods and pick through their castoffs. Go early because the good stuff goes fast. I stress find the richer neighborhoods. You don't want shit that's gotten too old and worn for poor people.
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:38 PM GMT
    Oh, and never take a mattress from the side of the road.
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:39 PM GMT
    Congrats on the new job.

    Hit the burbs for the garage sales. There are web pages that list upcoming ones.
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:42 PM GMT
    Craigslist
    I know, but both times we moved I nearly gave everything away.
    Find someone who's moving and bring a truck.
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
    e.g... Found two of these by the trash...
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    Sep 19, 2014 8:46 PM GMT
    Long post ahead:

    Sort out the basics first - rent, utilities, food.

    Don't buy anything (at least at first) that you don't actually need.

    Make a copy of your key and leave it somewhere / with someone you can trust, that way if you lock yourself out you're not out a few hundred for an after-hours locksmith.

    When you move into a place, take photos of everything (kitchen, bathroom, walls, carpets etc.) and keep them on a hard drive or something, so that when you move the owner can't claim property damage and take it out of your bond / deposit.

    If a friend buys a new couch / tv / whatever, ask if you can have or buy the old one if it still works - you can save a fortune if you can live without the nicest / newest / biggest stuff until you can afford it yourself.

    Kitchen stuff: basic cutlery, a frypan or two, a pot or two, and some basic implements. Learn how to cook semi-decent food and avoid spending money on take out or restaurants.

    Bathroom: plunger, couple of towels, mop and some bleach should do for about 99% of things you might have to take care of.

    Bedroom: something you can sleep on with whatever sheets / blankets you need. Important: keep a spare set of clean sheets and quilt / whatever in case a girl comes over.

    Freeze leftovers and have them for lunch the next day so you don't waste money buying food at work / school.

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    Sep 19, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    Don't ask me. I spend my rent money on strippers and wear whatever smells clean.
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:30 PM GMT
    ^^
    LOL


    just move in and buy things that you need as you go imo... Like you know you need/want[or already have] a bed and then

    If you try to plan for what you need you might waste your money and have a bunch of stuff ... That you don't need icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:36 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidOkay, I finally scored an awesome job that can put my college degree to use (sorta) in another town. I'm FINALLY moving out of Conservative Alabama to... well... another Conservative state but not as bad as here. I found a nice 1 bedroom apartment downtown that's close to my work place.

    This is the first time I'm getting out on my own and, well, I'm pretty lost. It's a bit scary to me because I honestly don't know wtf I'm doing.

    So... I need some advice RealJock crew! What supplies, tips, lifehacks, ect would you give to a single muscle-bear-in-training who's finally getting out on his own? icon_lol.gif

    Inb4 "lol you're moving out at 22"
    Inb4 "lube, dildos, other sex toys"
    inb4 any shade thrown! icon_evil.gif


    I don't believe I have ever interacted with you, but how would you be taking care of your family now?
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    Oh, no...Unnamed is back...
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidOh, no...Unnamed is back...


    I stated that I had a purpose beyond what I might be infamous for, and thus my return... So I'll be discussing sex, relationships and the mid-term congressional elections at a later time.
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:43 PM GMT
    never invest any money in something you don't own (e.g. a rental) don't even paint it

    always have at least 6 months living expenses in cash in a savings account or something similar and pretend it doesn't exist (unless you really need it)

    installing a dishwasher in somebody else's property is an absurd idea
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:48 PM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidDon't ask me. I spend my rent money on strippers and wear whatever smells clean.


    I thought you live in a box
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:50 PM GMT
    tj85016 said

    installing a dishwasher in somebody else's property is an absurd idea


    Guess it depends on who's doing the dishwashing...
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    Sep 19, 2014 9:59 PM GMT
    KITCHEN

    Food (Solid/Liquids), Utensils, Pots and Pans (with lids), Kitchen Towels, Dish Soap, Plates and or Paper Plates (if your not in the mood to do dishes), Cups, Coffee Mugs, Coffee Maker, Can Opener, Napkins/Paper Towels, Spices (Salt, Black Peppers..etc) Trash Can, Trash Bags (For the Bathroom too or you can use the grocery bags as a trash bags in the bathroom) Kitchen Rug


    Eating Area

    Small Table with 2 Chairs (*look around - Goodwill, Salvation Army, Craigslist - people throw away tables, chairs in good condition for free) Until you can afford a new one

    Living Area

    Sofa for Two (see above*) untill you can afford a new one

    Bedroom

    Full Size Bed (If your planning for a male to stay over night) Look for a mattress that still has the plastic cover on it if your planning to get a use bed. Bed Sheets, Pillows, Hamper, Ironing Board, Iron, Laundry Detergent

    Bathroom

    Bathroom Towels and of course Personal Hygiene, Shampoo, Conditioner, wash clothes, Toilet Tissue, Plunger, Toilet Brush, Air Freshener, Cleaning Supplies (Tilex..etc) Bathroom Rug

    And the rest will follow, Rule to follow "is it a need or is a want?"

    Good Luck in your new place / get internet connection keep us inform. icon_biggrin.gif


    BONAPART I'm not gonna reply to your comment underneath you, cause clearly your beneath me.
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    Sep 19, 2014 10:03 PM GMT
    andy1846 saidKITCHEN

    Food (Solid/Liquids), Utensils, Pots and Pans (with lids), Kitchen Towels, Dish Soap, Plates and or Paper Plates (if your not in the mood to do dishes), Cups, Coffee Mugs, Coffee Maker, Can Opener, Napkins/Paper Towels, Spices (Salt, Black Peppers..etc) Trash Can, Trash Bags (For the Bathroom too or you can use the grocery bags as a trash bags in the bathroom) Kitchen Rug


    Eating Area

    Small Table with 2 Chairs (*look around - Goodwill, Salvation Army, Craigslist - people throw away tables, chairs in good condition for free) Until you can afford a new one

    Living Area

    Sofa for Two (see above*) untill you can afford a new one

    Bedroom

    Full Size Bed (If your planning for a male to stay over night) Look for a mattress that still has the plastic cover on it if your planning to get a use bed. Bed Sheets, Pillows, Hamper, Ironing Board, Iron, Laundry Detergent

    Bathroom

    Bathroom Towels and of course Personal Hygiene, Shampoo, Conditioner, wash clothes, Toilet Tissue, Plunger, Toilet Brush, Air Freshener, Cleaning Supplies (Tilex..etc) Bathroom Rug

    And the rest will follow, Rule to follow "is it a need or is a want?"

    Good Luck in your new place / get internet connection keep us inform. icon_biggrin.gif


    seriously, why are you even trying, any person can figure out what they need when they start living alone

    Yeah and don't forget about toilet paper otherwise you might wipe you ass with a towel because you are starting living alone
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    Sep 19, 2014 10:08 PM GMT
    ^ Warning - if the mattress has a plastic cover on it, slit open that cover and take a sniff. I bought one once that stank up the whole house with cigarette stench before I could haul it out to the trash.

    Otherwise, watch the "free" section on Craigslist, but be patient.
    Oh, also Goodwill.
    And cultivate a boyfriend who owns a pick-up. (Tease if you have to.)

    OBTW, I have an apartment-sized laundry unit on that list right now (finally got a "grown-up" sized set icon_lol.gif ) It's sitting out by my garage. Help yourself.