Are you in your twenties and still living at home? Then I guess this 1’s for (well more about) you!
Actually, it’s really about me as it’s written from my personal experience. Maybe you can relate?
The last time I spoke about living at home, I discussed the cons so today I’m going to talk about the flipside – the PROS or the perks if you’d rather call ’em that!
Living at home as an adult is not ideal and it’s not something most of us plan. Sometimes your life plans don’t pan out then you gotta make do with what you got then go from there.
In some cases, you went off to varsity thinking you’d graduate, find a decent job and move straight out then life happened.
“Every cloud has its silver lining”
You know what I mean right? Additionally, I hope my previous post about the cons didn’t make it sound like home is the worst place EVER, it really isn’t.
Sure, I may bitch and moan from time to time but it definitely has its perks!
You may be wondering why I’m still living at home in the first place, long story short – I’m broke!
The Perks of Living at Home
Help is never far away
Being under your parents’ roof means that help is never far away because you see them practically every day so when you need help you have easy access to them.
Also, with my parents, I discovered back when I was in varsity that help comes so much quicker when you’re in their faces lol.
Wi-Fi & Netflix – I’m Always Connected
You might be thinking “WTF is she serious?”, I fucken am! I told you I was broke right?
Netflix is obviously for entertainment but the Wi-Fi has been a huge help for me since I do distance learning through UNISA. I never have to leave the house to do or submit my assignments because I can do so from the comfort of my own bed thanks to wi-fi access (not that I actually do my assignments in bed).
During the lockdown, we obviously weren’t able to sit for exams UNISA gave us the option of taking take-home exams this semester; which I was able to complete in the comfort of my own study because we have wifi at home.
If I was unable to write these exams it would have added an extra semester to my schooling otherwise I might have ended up writing a shit load of exams at the end of the year to make up for it.
I get to stream my favourite shows on Netflix whenever I want because the wi-fi is uncapped and of course I have 24/7 internet access which is awesome for job hunting among other things.
Free laundry “service”
I get to do my dirty laundry (and my moms) whenever the hell I want. Don’t judge me but I enjoy doing laundry, I really do.
When I had the money, I did buy things like detergent and fabric softener but now all I do is our laundry and I don’t mind. Doesn’t feel like a chore for me at all!
By the way, it’s free in the sense that I don’t have to go to the laundromat and personally, I don’t like hand washing. Nothing is ACTUALLY free!
My mom prefers to do the cooking (and damn is she an excellent cook) so she does it 90% of the time, I mostly just wash the dishes.
I started cooking mostly when I lost my job because I had all the time in the world.
Having More Money To Spend on Other Things
Unlike other adults who live at home, I don’t have to spend my own money on anything. I chip in where I can.
This may sound selfish but let me remind you I am a student and when I was working I was paying my own tuition so that’s where a majority of my money went.
Basically, though, my mom pays the household expenses and everything that’s mine directly like my cellphone, toiletries, etc. I pay for. My mom is helping me out now though by covering everything since I’m out of a job.
Always having water and electricity even if I don’t have money
Having an unreliable job like the one I had and given the fact that I’m unemployed at the moment, I am lucky I still live at my parents’ house. I would have been kicked out of my own place ages ago due to the inconsistency of payments. I don’t pay any rent, I just chip in here and there when I can.
My mom does ALOT for me, I know! And it is appreciated, never mind my rantings and ravings.
*side note: my mom isn’t very strict so my friends do come over whenever, in fact, she’s more lenient than me on this one and we have a few drinks and chill. She really doesn’t mind. I think my mom just prefers me being safe at home rather than out gallivanting in these streets.
Look, if life goes according to plan then a 20-something-year-old like me should be living on their own. They should be in their own space and living their best life. That is the ideal situation!
But life doesn’t always work out that way. We end up living at home for various reasons whether it’s because we can’t find or have lost a job, are still studying, paying off student loans, saving up, whatever… There are many reasons why adults are still living in their parent’s homes.
When you have money, living at home allows you to save up for a place of your own while you get your shit together. Others save up to buy a car or whatever.
Those of you out there who can relate to what I’m saying, what perks are you enjoying by still living in your parents’ homes (apparently there aren’t actually that many)? I wanna know so drop me a comment.
And if you don’t like living at home, just keep your head up and keep pushing. Keep grinding and working towards the goals that will get you to freedom and independence. Try to look for something positive in each and every day and try to keep yourself preoccupied. Don’t dwell on the fact that you don’t have your own place yet.
If you didn’t read the other post about the disadvantages of living at home, catch it here.
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