Beyond Rent: 19 Additional Costs of Living On Your Own

Rent is just the beginning. Here’s a checklist of some additional costs to calculate before moving out of your parents’ house and into your own place:

  1. Maintenance or parking fees for your apartment building or house
  2. Utilities (electricity, heat, water)
  3. Internet and cable or satellite TV service
  4. Gadget hookups (cable, Internet, and extension cords; wireless router)
  5. Renters’ insurance
  6. Groceries (pantry and everyday items)
  7. Furniture (bedroom, living room, kitchen)
  8. Lightbulbs/lamps
  9. Cleaning supplies
  10. Vacuum, broom and dust pan, mop, trash bin
  11. Towels (kitchen and bathroom)
  12. Sheets/pillows/blankets for bed
  13. Cooking items such as pots and pans
  14. Dishes and cutlery
  15. Tools (hammer, screwdrivers, level, nails/screws, snow shovel)
  16. Laundry detergent/fabric softener
  17. Hangers, storage items for clothes
  18. Curtains (window and shower)
  19. Commuting costs (gas, public transportation pass, maintenance)

Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.


MattyK July 18, 2013 02:20 PM

Car insurance cell phone

natalie haney October 14, 2014 10:32 AM

Yes, you missed rent cellphone clothes and you can not forget about shoes