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Old 01-01-2016, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I'm 35 and still living at home after many years. I get paid about $40k a year at my job. To me, living at home just seems so normal. I never moved out. There's no wasting money on rent, mortgages, anything.. Just about everything I make is saved(I have a large bank balance now) or spent on luxuries like trips abroad, restaurants, and so forth. The way the economy is, it makes sense to just stay at home. Wages are stagnant/declining so why the rush to waste precious money on a roof over my head when I've already got it paid for? My parents charge me nothing. I pay $0 for rent and $0 for utilities each month. Even food is mostly free. Anybody else still living like this in their 30's and 40's like I do? I'm happy with the situation and will most likely stay with my parents until I inherit their $350k house.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:27 PM
 
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In my experience, throughout much of Latin America it's fairly common for unmarried adults to live with their parents quite a ways into adulthood.

So the answer is, yes, millions of people are doing so.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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It really seems strange. Don't you want your own home? Don't you want to have a place that you can decorate as you want, where you can have friends over when you want, without your parents being in the way?

And - don't your parents want their home to themselves? Maybe they would like it if you would pay rent - have you ever offered to pay rent?

Do you help with household chores, or do they do it all for you?

What happens if you get married? Would you expect your new spouse to move in with you and your parents?

This seems strange, as though you are not willing to grow up and accept adult responsibilities, financially and for maintaining a roof over your head.

In other countries, they may live this way. But this is America, not other countries.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I'm 35 and still living at home after many years. I get paid about $40k a year at my job. To me, living at home just seems so normal. I never moved out. There's no wasting money on rent, mortgages, anything.. Just about everything I make is saved(I have a large bank balance now) or spent on luxuries like trips abroad, restaurants, and so forth. The way the economy is, it makes sense to just stay at home. Wages are stagnant/declining so why the rush to waste precious money on a roof over my head when I've already got it paid for? My parents charge me nothing. I pay $0 for rent and $0 for utilities each month. Even food is mostly free. Anybody else still living like this in their 30's and 40's like I do? I'm happy with the situation and will most likely stay with my parents until I inherit their $350k house.
If that's OK with them and you why not?

I have a huge paid off house (4700 square feet) and if one of my kids wanted to move into the unoccupied finished lower level apartment I'd love to have them back.

Save the rent. Live life.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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I'm 35 and still living at home after many years. I get paid about $40k a year at my job. To me, living at home just seems so normal. I never moved out. There's no wasting money on rent, mortgages, anything.. Just about everything I make is saved(I have a large bank balance now) or spent on luxuries like trips abroad, restaurants, and so forth. The way the economy is, it makes sense to just stay at home. Wages are stagnant/declining so why the rush to waste precious money on a roof over my head when I've already got it paid for? My parents charge me nothing. I pay $0 for rent and $0 for utilities each month. Even food is mostly free. Anybody else still living like this in their 30's and 40's like I do? I'm happy with the situation and will most likely stay with my parents until I inherit their $350k house.
You are proud of the fact that your parents still suport you?
I have been out of my Mother's home since I was a teenager paying my own way.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Ahem - the overwhelming majority of people everywhere live at home, no matter what their age is.

Your question is, anyone still living with their birth parents?

All I can say is that once I left my parents' home for good, at 20, I never, ever looked back.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:55 PM
 
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What do you do if you have a girlfriend, just stay at her place? (I'm assuming you are a male)
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:00 PM
 
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In other countries, they may live this way. But this is America, not other countries.
Well, "this" is actually an internet forum with worldwide scope.

Also, "because that's how we do it here" isn't really a compelling argument. Your other questions at least raise some valid points.
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Well, "this" is actually an internet forum with worldwide scope.

Also, "because that's how we do it here" isn't really a compelling argument. Your other questions at least raise some valid points.
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Okay. You are right.
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Old 01-01-2016, 05:30 PM
 
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In America, this is extremely unusual, as you probably know. Yes, in this economy many people have been obliged to move in with their parents, but it's not the norm, and most of these people were living independently.

It's true that you're not wasting money. But most people would find it very uncomfortable not to have a private independent life apart from their parents. I'm guessing that it has likely put a considerable dent in your social life, whether you realize it or not, and likely handicapped you in ways that you don't realize.
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