Financial Adulting 101 (a beginner’s guide)
As we start to understand the value of money and walk out into the world away from the safety of our parents, no one gives us a manual on "adulting." As a result, none of us are totally prepared for living on our own, paying the bills, saving for the future, and handling those unexpected surprises. Surprises occur over our entire lifetime, and while practice helps, preparation makes them less stressful. We’ve all heard, "prepare for the worst and hope for the best." It’s not a bad saying, but hope doesn’t directly make things happen. Hope is good for maintaining a positive attitude, but preparation takes hope even further.