If there is one thing I’ve learned over the last decade, it’s this: Growing up is expensive. I’m talking real expensive. What do you mean I have to pay for toilet paper? When I was a wee-ninja the toilet paper roll always magically replaced itself after it was depleted. Just as an aging child discovers the tooth fairy doesn’t exist, I have learned the toilet paper fairy doesn’t either.
Maybe I was spoiled, but I had most of my expenses covered by parents (even through college). This lead to a rude awakening five years ago when I graduated and got my first big-boy job. What do you mean I have to pay to use the washer and dryer in our apartment complex? Turns out this was just one of many unwelcome expenses I encountered.
Here are a few others that really hurt my heart….
They don’t really tell you this in High School, but when you make $40,000 a year, that really means you make $30k-$35k a year after all taxes, social security, etc are taken in to consideration. Sweet, I just got an $8,000 pay-cut without even knowing it. AWESOME! Taxes, although necessary, can be incredibly frustrating/annoying.
I’ve paid for health insurance for five years now. Wanna know how many times I’ve used it for myself….ZERO. While that is ultimately a good thing, it hurts knowing how much not being sick has cost me. Do I really have to pay $300 a month for all the different insurances I need, but rarely use? Why can’t I spend that money on Xbox games, Hot Pockets, and Barbies? Kids don’t have to think about these things. Why should I?
Random Household Stuff:
Toilet paper, paper towels, soap, sponges, toothpaste, bandaids, chapstick, dustpans, etc. What the heck! These things add up quick. There are so many “hidden fees” that come with adulthood I’m starting to feel nauseous. Please hold while I throw up….
….I can’t handle the nickel and dime-ing going on. I know, I’m being a whiner, but really what kid realizes all these things actually cost a substantial amount of money each month? I sure as heck didn’t. I blame Mom Ninja for my naivety.
The list goes on and on. There is no denying that the transition from childhood to adulthood is an expensive one. And there is no denying that transition sucks. I want to hear some of the hidden fees of growing up that shocked you?