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Old 07-30-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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I went away to college at 18, but still had my old room at my parents' house, to go home on breaks, until maybe junior year, when I came home to find a lovely redecorated guest room. But by junior year, I also was living off campus and renting a townhouse with roommates, so I really didn't go home on breaks anymore.
Then after college, my roommates and I stayed together, but rented a different house. By age 23, I couldn't stand living with people anymore, and bickering about who doesn't wash dishes, and who drank all the orange juice, so I got my own apartment. I could keep it clean and organized, and I always knew where the scissors were, and if anyone left a dish in the sink, it was me.
I was one of the few in my age group who had my own apartment, which was also a good size and in a decent neighborhood. This was in the mid 90s. I didn't make a lot of money in my 20s, but I prioritized having an apt to myself above anything else when it came to spending. So I had an un-fancy car, I didn't shop a lot in the mall, and I ate lots of Ramen.

I think too many 20-somethings today stay home way too long. They say they can't afford it, but what about living with roommates? Sure, they might not be able to rent their own apartment, but 4 girls/guys can always rent a house together--especially since there are so many out there that people have been unable to sell. I can't imagine being one of the 28-ish year olds today who never learned to budget money, how to plunge a toilet, or do anything independently.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I was out at 17...back home at 19 back out at 21...then my parents divorced and mom actually needed a roommate to make ends meet. So accourding to me my mom was my roommate from 22-26 (when I married my husband). She tells the story that I moved back in.
Sure cost me alot of $$ to live at home that last time lol.

My son was out the 1st time at 19, home again at 20 then off to the Army and has been out ever since.

The door will always be open to him.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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I was 16, never went back but looking back on it, I would have stayed in my parent's home until I was a little older.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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I moved out on my own when I was 18. Got married at 19 and rented our first house. Enlisted in the Air Force at 20 to avoid the draft. First duty out of country assignment at 21. Arrived S.E.Asia at 21 3/4 left
Asia at 24 3/4 to get early discharge for time spent doing extra hazard missions while in S.E. Asia. Debriefed Clark AFB Philippines then signed non disclosure documents before I entered the U.S.

Started my life with my wife & baby boy at 25 never to look back.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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18.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Niflheim
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When I was 15.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I was 18 and couldn't wait to move out! My parents didn't force me, but I was excited to live on my own.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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I'm 25 now. Moved out when I was 18. I don't think most young people today are incapable of moving out, it's just easier/better fiancially to stay at home. Sometimes to the benefit of the child only, sometimes to the benefit of the parents as well.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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I was 17...some are in their 30's and still at home, but today's economy has lots to do with that and then there are those who just never fly the coop...
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Boston
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I was in and out from 18 to 21 due to school, but I got my first apartment my senior year so I only went home on major holiday breaks like Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year's. Now, I actually have to pack up the majority of my stuff and put it in storage (read: my garage) because my brother's moving into my room. It feels official now.
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