The Nomad Life vs. Moving Out

I am what you would call a nomad. I float around from work to the gym to my house to my boyfriends to my friends and back. I have three small duffel bags that I bring with me almost everywhere, packed full of gym clothes, going out clothes, and casual work clothes because I never know where I am going to end up next.

I wanted to move out when I graduated. I lived in a house while at school with my best friends and did whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. Well, that’s not how it works when you graduate. When I graduated, I had no savings and no job. I spent all the money I got as graduation gifts while unemployed on LIFE. I mean what was I supposed to do? Stare at the wall? Starve? Stop buying clothes? No thanks.

When I finally became employed, not only could I not afford to move out – there was no reason to move out. I live 20 minutes outside Boston and 25 minutes from my job (that’s without traffic – I hate traffic – but that’s a whole other post). I needed to save. I also needed to pay off my credit card…  Anyway, this lifestyle worked for me – The Nomad Life.

Now, it’s almost been a year since I graduated and I am looking for an apartment to move into in September. By then, I will have lived at home for a year and 4 months (wow, time flies). Even though the perks of living at home are fantastic – no rent, free food, dinner already on the table when you get home, free gym membership, I save money and still go shopping, and I live in Boston on the weekends for free (sorry boyfriend). In addition to this, I’m saving enough money to possibly move to a new city one day in order to get the job of my dreams.

HOWEVER, this won’t be the case when I move out. More than half of each of my paychecks will be spent on rent, parking, gas, groceries, a gym membership, and other expenses. Will I be able to save ANY money at all??? Will I be able to keep up with my shopping habit? And what about my drinking/expensive bar habit? Will I ever save enough money to not live paycheck to paycheck?

But I can’t live at home forever! I want to live with friends again. I don’t want to sit in traffic anymore. I want my social life during the week back! Most importantly, I don’t want to be such a nomad anymore. I want to have my own place and not live out of my car with all my personal belongings stuffed into 3 duffel bags.

Therefore, I will be moving out in September. Good choice or bad choice? Post your opinions on living at home after college here!

Coming soon: The Dreaded Apartment Search.

If only life was easy…

Samantha Matt

Hi I’m Sam. I made this website in 2011 and it’s still going. My first book, AVERAGE IS THE NEW AWESOME, is coming out in January (you can buy it right now on Amazon or from your fave bookstore!). I like pizza, French fries, barre, spin, more pizza, more French fries, and buying clothes. Writing is fun. Follow me on twitter & Instagram at @samanthamatt1... and on this site's meme account on IG at @20somethingproblems. OKAY GREAT THANKS BYE.

2 Comments
  1. definitely a good choice- social life outweighs the costs of groceries and bills, gotta keep the social life active

    would you want to look back on these years and say yeah it was so much fun sitting at home watching tv with my parents!

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