When I leased the apartment that I live in now, my mom gave me some pointers on how to live on my own and not go deeply into debt. For example, I knew which untility company she purchased service from at the house that I lived in with her. Had she not said anything, I would have just used that company. But she made sure to point out that I needed to research first. She told me to visit texasenergycompanies.net and go through every one of the businesses there hat offer utilities in our area. She said it was there that I would find out how would cost less for me in the particular part of the city that I will be living in.
Another thing that mom helped me with is to learn how to eat decently on a budget. She said that she would invite me home on weekends to get a nice meal or two cooked by her, but that I would need to fend for myself during the week. That meant that I needed to learn how to cook. She had tried to teach me many times over the years, but I never really liked it. So, that meant that I would be losing money if I just bought pre-packaged items that cost a lot more than making food from scratch. She gave me some cooking lessons and even bought some cookbooks for beginners. Now that I am learning, I’m finding it to be fun for the most part.
Mom always bought our clothing at thrift shops when I lived at home. And I learned that I can really get some nice things by continuing to do that myself. It makes no sense to spend a lot of money on new jeans at the store when I can find new ones at a thrift shop. I loved being able to save that way.