Adulting 101 for College Students // Budgeting, Meal Prep, Laundry, Organisation and Much More!

Adulting 101 for College Students // Budgeting, Meal Prep, Laundry, Organisation and Much More!


If you just started living on your own college
dorm or apartment, you are probably feeling the first struggles of leading an independent
life and figuring out things by yourself. In this video I wanted to give you a few tips
that I’ve learned since I started living alone and which can help you out and make
you feel less anxious about the moving out process. Learn how to budget. This is the first thing you need to settle
before you do anything else. Learning how to budget is a skill that will
help you throughout your life. Managing your money can be tricky and prioritizing
expenses, knowing when to pay your bills and managing pocket money takes a bit of practice
but it will make your life much less stressful and unpredictable. I am currently using an excel spreadsheet
to help me with my expenses. I just insert all the items that I spend my
money on in a monthly basis and then regularly track my spending so I have an overall notion
of where my money is going and where I should save. One YouTube channel that I highly recommend
for starting building your finance health is the Financial Diet. Meal prepping
Meal prepping is a life saver and something that can both improve your health and diet
as well as your finances. Schedule one day per week to look at your
pantry and plan the next seven days of meals. This takes half and hour and will save you
so much extra time and struggle. After you’ve planned all your meals for
the following week, go shopping or order the produce if your local supermarket provides
that service and save one morning to meal prep for the following days. Boiling eggs in advance, cutting firm veggies,
making humus or other spreads in bulk, cooking rice, boning or cutting meat, cooking soup
and freezing pre cut loafs of bread – those are all things you can do a few days in advance
that will save you so much time during the week. Your wallet will also thank you since you
won’t have the urge to dine out as often. If you are unsure of how long you can preserve
your food on your fridge or the freezer, I will leave a link down below provided by the
World Health Organization which lists different types of food, the way they are cooked and
the quantity. Creating a Fixed Grocery List and Keeping
Track of Expiration Dates Still related to food, a good trick to save
tons of money and make sure you are always stocked on the food essentials is keeping
a grocery list with all the basic items you need in your fridge and pantry to make sure
you never run out of milk again. Check that list once per week and take a look
in your kitchen – are you still stocked on all of the items? If so, can you estimate how long will it take
until you run out of any of them? Even if you are stocked, is your food reaching
its expiration date? Manage your grocery shopping around these
questions instead of buying too much in advance and letting it spoil or end up lacking some
essential pantry basics and ending up dining out. Also, a bonus tip: to keep track of expiration
dates, just grab a pen and scribble the date when the package was opened or, if you are
able to calculate it, the last day when it’s considered acceptable to still consume that
product. Create a cleaning plan and schedule
When you’re by yourself, cleaning definitely becomes a burden since you have no one to
share your chores with. Also, leaving the entire cleaning of a room
or house for one day only each week will take precious time out of your schedule that you
could be spending doing far more interesting things. What I decided to do was dividing these tasks
per day instead of doing everything in one morning or afternoon. I decided to input all household chores in
my calendar and create a repeating schedule so I would be reminded periodically of these
small tasks, such as changing towels, bedsheets, vacuuming, cleaning the fridge, and so on. I currently clean for 20 or 30 minutes every
day instead of wasting my weekend with those tasks and I think it’s a good habit to get
the hang of as soon as you can. Understand laundry
I still think laundry is kind of a science of its own and it was one of the things that
I had most trouble getting the hang of. First of all, understand that not all garments
can be machine washed and as such, you’ll have to be prepared with the appropriate setup
and products for hand washing. The fool proof way is to look at the tag,
but as a general rule, if they are delicate underwear, wool sweaters and silk blouses,
handwashing is the way to go. After that, divide your laundry by dark and
light colors and do separate washes for each or you’ll risk color transfer. If there are any stains, treat them previously
before throwing the garment into the machine. Also, be aware that unless your clothing is
severely stained, washing your garments with cold water or very low temperatures is still
the best idea in order to avoid disasters. The exception are clothes like cotton underwear,
sheets and gym clothing that have been exposed to body oil and sweat and as such need high
temperatures to be cleaned. Organize bills and important documents
Organizing bills, contracts and other documents is important so you can refer back to that
information quickly if you need to do so in the future. I usually place all of my letters, bills and
documents in a letter tray as soon as I receive them or print them. Then, a couple of days later, I go through
all of my correspondence and start labelling it according to function and importance. Contracts, which are documents that I will
need to refer to in the future, go to my main binder, where they are filed according to
usage and date. A good saving tip if you are paying for your
bills is signing up for electronic bills instead of paper ones. Most companies offer a discount for people
who sign up for the electronic version instead of paper. That is beneficial for many reasons – besides
the discount, since the bills are redirected to your e-mail address, you have less chances
of forgetting to pay them on time. On the other hand, you can keep track of them
by keeping them in the external drive in your computer in PDF version instead of having
to print them and file them individually. If you are unsure of how long you should keep
paper documents with you, there’s a handy guide at lifehack.com which I’ll link in
the description box that lists the documents you should permanently keep filed in your
house, and those that you can dispose of in a couple of months. Start regulating your shopping habits
If there was ever a good moment to start getting into the minimalism trend, this is it. When you are in a strict budget, with a not-so-good
of an income or trust fund, going all out and buying unnecessary things will straight
up ruin your experience. Learn how to keep to the essentials and test
yourself on what you really need to feel comfortable and happy. If you really enjoy that perfume, perhaps
it’s a bad idea to have a collection on top of your vanity. Investing in a good set of basic t-shirts,
jeans and plain sweaters is better value for your money than buying the trendy shirt that
you will stop wearing next season. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to
buy only boring, plain items, but be conscious in your shopping instead of impulsive. It’s a good time to start researching on
how to build your capsule wardrobe and select only the pieces that will make you happy and
comfortable. Caring for your health
Part of adulting means that you need to start taking care of your health as well. Keep an emergency contact list in a visible
area where both you and other people can reach for. Also, learn how to assemble a first aid kit
and keep it in a place you can easily access. To automate all health related errands, force
yourself to book all appointments in bulk, even if it means scheduling for weeks or months
in advance. Consult with your doctor to know how regularly
you should be visiting, and then plan away your dentist’s checks, dermatology consultation,
eye check, and so on. Start building your soft skills
Building your career or soft sills should start as early as possible and when you are
transitioning from your life as a student to full-on adulting, it’s crucial to master
a few basic skills to ease your way into your chosen career path. Things like writing a cover letter or mastering
your resumé are key aspects that you should practice and learn about as soon as you can. Attending job fairs or going to career related
workshops provided by your university are a good way to start getting acquainted with
these basic requirements. And for today these are the topics I wanted
to approach on how to start living an independent life. If you would like to see more videos on this
subject, feel free to tell me in the comments below and I will see you next week. Bye!

100 Replies to “Adulting 101 for College Students // Budgeting, Meal Prep, Laundry, Organisation and Much More!”

  1. hi! just wanted to ask if you go bulk shopping cs ur pantry looks so nice! it's environmentally friendlier as well soooooo 🙂

  2. Thank you, you're helping ADHD/Executive Function Disorder people like myself who need simple things explained to them in a non-boring manner

  3. please can you make a tutorial about how to use EXCEL ? cause your program is so well organised but I have no idea of how to do it ! great video by the way

  4. I'm 13 and have the mentality and ability of a 5 year old yet I'm watching how to become an adult when I don't even have a job or my own house yet😂😂😂

  5. I wish she spent more time on budgeting. Like maybe if she listed what sort of things you may want to keep in mind and what you’ll need to sonsider

  6. For those of you who are curious about how to set a budget, here's my tutorial on how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sJ6HI6yLxw

  7. Having a frugal mindset is the best way to save money I believe, no hassles of maintaining a spreadsheet, or sorts like that.

  8. sorry if this has been answered before, but could anyone kindly let me know what type of calendar Mariana is using?

  9. This video is so extremely helpful and I am so grateful for it! I grew up in a really bad household and I feel ashamed for not knowing these important skills in life. This video motivates and inspires me to leave my unhealthy lifestyle and actually grow into a functional routine that benefits me and others around. Thank you so much for making this! ^-^

  10. I'm moving out to live alone in a month to go to medical school and I'm 15 .So this video helped me so much. Thank you 😄😀

  11. And since everyones so sucked up in their phones nowadays we watch videos on basic life skills because everyones handed so much shit🙂

  12. Watching this video, I started to think: Is there something wrong with me? 🤔 Why can’t I do that? This is kinda embarrassing. 😭

  13. Thank you so much for the budgeting spreadsheet! I just realised how much money I couldve saved if I just kept to a budget! :')

  14. about meal prep.
    If you don't like cooking, don't have alot of time, don't have access to cooking equipment, or like me have a disability and cannot cook, then it may be a good idea to buy frozen dinners instead of cooking yourself.

    If you buy them carefully and look at the nutritional facts then they can be pretty healthy.
    ( guide by WebMD for choosing a healthy frozen dinner: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/best-frozen-dinners)
    And they can be cost effective compared to going out and sometimes cooking yourself (if you are cooking something that has alot of out of season ingredients, then the frozen meal will actually be cheaper since the ingredients were frozen while in season.)

    Id also read these articles about frozen and microwave myths, since alot of these myths may turn people away from purchasing these items more often, and instead buying the more costly option of take out or time consuming option of cooking fancy meals by themselves.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.myrecipes.com/convenience/freezer-recipes/frozen-food-myths%3famp=true

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/microwave-cooking-and-nutrition

  15. Is there a way I could see an example of your groceries list? I'm having trouble creating one in google spreadsheet.

  16. People need to know this by the time they are 16 in my opinion but sadly heavy majority of 18-25 year olds have no idea how to do this…even older people don't know how. ITs really bad. Videos like this are awesome because they help give people the basic education they need to survive

  17. Isn’t it sad someone can make a 9 minute video assisting young adults when our school systems haven’t changed in over 70 years but claim to shape the future.

  18. Tips mentioned in the video🖤:
    1) Having a buget.
    2) Meal prep.
    3) Groceries list with the basics that you need, check on it weekly.
    4) Cleaning different parts of the house on different days.
    5) Laundry: a) hand washed or machine washed? b) divide by colour to wash.
    6) Documents: organize bills, contracts, etc.
    7) Minimalism.
    8) Take care of your health.
    9) Carer skills: master the basic skill.

  19. I have visited dantist twice in my life , once i had tooth pain second time i broke my tooth… that was more than 10 years ago

  20. Hi Mariana, since I´m becoming 20 next month I want to be more responsable and organizad with my life things, thanks for this adulting tips. También leí cosas en español en tu computadora, así que, Hola:) y gracias. I woulf like to see more videos about this ❤

  21. honestly, as a 16 year old living by myself (my parents went back to the philippines, while i'm staying alone in a studio until i graduate high school), this really helped! usually my parents would send money over, but since my 16th they've stopped sending anything altogether, so i had to get myself a job, and it was really hard figuring out what i needed and wanted.

  22. Brasileira? seu schedule as 3:14 tá em português, ou eu eu estou vendo coisas como consequência das minhas más noites de sono?

  23. It’s weird that you go to the grocery store all the time and once you move out you have no idea how to grocery shop.

  24. I must admit that I don't quite understand, how people can be grown up and move out of their relatives' house, without knowing any of this? Didn't you learn that at home?
    I grew up at my grandparent's, and I helped with things like laundry, cooking and cleaning since I was a child. At the age of 12 I did part of the laundry (whenever I walked by something to wash and the washer was not already running I just put one basket of clothes in and turned it on; since everything was pre-sorted it was a next-to-no-brainer), cooked dinner on my own for the three of us at some nights and helped my grandma on the others, and the big house cleaning was done at Saturdays and was something we split up by the three of us.
    Budgeting I learned just by observing and listen to my grandma, when she split up the housekeeping money on every first of the month, storing it in her labeled envelopes, that we took the money from to go shopping.
    And the more difficult things like insurances, taxes and how to draft a writ and something like this they taught me in my teens. I just sat down with them, they explained what it was for and let me participate in those activities. When I went to nursing school and moved into my first own flat at the age of 17 I knew how to do things. And I assumed, that most of the other parents teach their children those things, too. I mean, yeah, if you come from a neglectful home then maybe you need someone who teaches you later in your life. But "ordinary" families should teach their children those things early.

    My children are grade school to teenager, and even my youngest kid is able to operate the washing machine, the rice cooker, cutting board and knife and a broom. I wouldn't let my kids move out one day if they weren't already prepared for exercised in grown-up life.

  25. I’m a year away from graduating high school and I’m aware of where I’m going with my life but I’m still sooo confused about the university part.

    Here’s some context:
    I was very good at saving money from my part time jobs growing up, but I came across some problems. I bought a $1500 bike to ride to school and work everyday, I bought a $1000 phone and I pay $80 a month for phone bills, I pay for my basketball fees and finally, I read a lot, I’m obsessed with books so I buy three a month. Other than that I save.
    In year 11 of highschool my part time work became overwhelming and I developed mental illness from it, even the smallest shift was scary. But after quitting my part time job, my grades at school went flying upwards. I’m now at the top of all of my classes except maths (I have maths dyslexia).
    Unfortunately with all of these positives, I now have no income. With my parents bothering me about buying a car which should cost me around $8000, I will only have $4000 left of my savings (not including my phone and basketball bills).
    I have no idea how I’m going to last in a three course over three years with just $4000. I’m also going to have a lot of student debt.
    Where will I afford accomodation and where? (as I will have to move to the city). How will I feed myself? Will I have to get a part time job? Won’t a part time job take too much time away from school only for minimum pay until I can get the degrees I need for an actual job? What is working a lot of part time jobs on top of school work make me stressed and therefore I won’t study effectively?
    I have sooo many questions! Help!

    (By the way I worked in McDonald’s from the age of 14 until 17, and would cut grass around my neighbors farms, used to have a lemonade stand (cliche as it sounds), so I saved up a lot.)

  26. Anyone scared cause they’re a country kid moving to the big city?! I’ve only been to the city three times in my life, so I have no idea what to expect.

  27. I'm thinking about living independently but my parents aren't fully convinced that I'm able to live on my own at such a young age, this video helped a lot 🙂

  28. Hey, bist du Deutsch und interessierst dich für das Thema Finanzplanung als Schüler und Student? Ich habe gerade mein erstes Video hochgeladen und würde mich freuen, wenn du mal vorbeischaust 🙂

  29. Students in Developed countries are over proviledge and rich. The life a student lives in developed countries will be considered a upper middle class in developing countries.

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