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When Did You Gain Financial Independence

I'm Asking: When Did You Become Self-Sufficient?

With family and friends headed from graduation into the real world, I've been getting lots of calls — and lots of questions — about life in the working world. For many, the thought of being financially independent is a big eye-opener. But, while getting a job is certainly a step in the right direction, it doesn't always guarantee self-sufficiency or financial independence. Lots of friends and family members I know, despite employment, are still benefiting from a little extra cash, courtesy of mom and dad. And it got me thinking — the transition to the real world isn't easy and doesn't always happen all at once. For some, help from parents and relatives makes footing the bills a whole lot easier, while others might have been cut off even before college began. So tell me, what's your story — are you self-sufficient? If not, be sure to read up on how you can get there.


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Ladytron7000 Ladytron7000 5 years
When I was in high school, the only thing my parents paid for was my insurance. I had to buy my own car, my own clothes, and even my own deodorant. In college, my mom gave me a hundred bucks a month for groceries, but that's it. Although I was financially independent, I was not financially savvy. I saw a pot of gold at the end of college (then law school), and paid (am still paying) too much interest.
Liss1 Liss1 5 years
since i was 16, i got a job and paid for whatever i needed and have ever since.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
When I was 18 years old, and moved away for college. I put myself through college, and have been financially self-sufficient ever since.
bellaressa bellaressa 5 years
I started when I was 15 1/2, I was paying bills in the house with a part time job I had after school, I was working 30 hours a week plus high school. I became solely independent when I moved out between 16 and 17 and I lived on my own and paid all my own bills and still sent money home to my mom to pay bills.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
As soon as I graduated and got a job (which was basically as soon as I graduated). My parents paid for some stuff while I was in school, and took care of my phone bill and paying the interest on my student loan, but as soon as I graduated, that was it...after about 3 months of easing into it, I was officially self-sufficient.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 5 years
I became financially independent after I graduated from college. My parents helped during college but after I got a job my mom told me that I was on my own. I did borrow money from her when I bought a house but paid it back with interest.
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