One of the toughest parts of growing up and living independently is paying your bills. It can be a daunting thought but it does not need to prevent you from working towards the kind of life you want.
Once you understand how to budget, it is relatively simple to pay your bills.
Remember: Even if you live alone, you are not alone! Your friends, family and professionals who support you have almost all gone through the same experiences of growing up and moving out. If you are unsure about anything or feel worried about any decisions you are making, talk to someone you trust. Never be afraid to ask for help.
What bills do I need to pay?
How do I pay my bills?
To stay on top of your bills you need to know:
- Who you need to pay
- When you need to pay / how often
- How you pay
Who you pay depends on your provider. For each of the bills above, write down the name and contact information of the company.
Most bills will be due monthly and you can usually negotiate the dates you pay. For some bills, like water, you might pay every 6 months.
Next to the name of your providers, write down the date of the month, or frequency your bills are paid and how you pay.