1. You have to make your own lunches. And breakfasts. And dinners.
2015 Solution: Buy 95-cent meals that come in boxes and cans and have microwaveable instructions.
A Better Solution: Learn to make time after work or on the weekends to prepare meals ahead of time, and keep food in the house so you don’t have the urge to eat out every night.
2. Your clothes need to be dry cleaned.
2015 Solution: Avoid wearing any ‘Dry Clean Only’ clothing items until you absolutely have to. Then, bring them with you the next time you visit home so your Mom or Grandma or Aunt Sue can wash and press and primp them the right way.
A Better Solution: Venture outside of your apartment – take them to a Dry Cleaner.
3. “What’s a budget… and why am I in debt?”
2015 Solution: Rig up the cheapest cable/internet plan possible, sign-on multiple roommates to cut down the cost of rent and limit yourself to having ‘fun’ only one or two nights during the week. The weekends don’t count as real life anyway.
A Better Solution: Open a new Excel Spreadsheet, and start listing all of the things you spent money on last month. Compare that final number with the money you made last month, and adjust accordingly.
4. Everyone is getting married/having babies/buying big houses…
2015 Solution: Sit on your couch with your four roommates and drink cheap wine while you complain about how you’ll never get married or have kids because you’re 20-something years old and you can’t even afford a Planet Fitness membership right now.
A Better Solution: Embrace it and celebrate it. The people in your life are living it up and figuring it all out, and they’d love to have you along for the ride.
5. Your elementary school best friend moved to Indiana, your high school best friend moved to North Carolina or Nashville, and your college best friend now resides in North Jersey. Meanwhile, you’re in good old Philadelphia.
2015 Solution: Re-post photos from your Timehop when they show up on your phone and send “I miss you” texts to your old buds. Fingers crossed you’ll see them on Thanksgiving Eve this year.
A Better Solution: There isn’t a single cookie-cutter solution for anyone when it comes to learning how to grow-up without growing apart. So write more letters, send more texts, and leave a few more voicemails. Friends make the world go ’round.
Growing up isn’t supposed to be easy.
But if these are the worst of our problems, I think we’ll all be OK.