Right now I know that you are just trying to get your senior graduated and aren’t ready to deal with the fall. However, these next few months are your last solid chunk of time where your student is still living at home and therefore still a captive audience. That makes this crunch time for life lessons.
Hopefully you have been teaching them about personal character and personal finance for years (and you shouldn’t end those lessons), but now is the time that you need to make sure they have all the basic skills needed to be out on their own for real for the first time.
Below is a list of 5 things that I either wish I had known when I moved out at 18 or things that I DID know and I ended up teaching my friends.
1) How To Sew On A Button
This is probably the most important lesson as an adult. I can’t tell you the number of people who I know who have thrown away clothes because they lost a button. Not only is this helpful to fix perfectly good clothes but it also allows you to buy things at the thrift store that just need buttons and sometimes can get you a discount if things don’t have a button.
2) How To Put Air In Car Tires
Having your tires properly inflated saves gas and protects against flat tires. It also makes your ride smoother.
3) How To Hand Wash Dishes
There comes a time in every person’s life where they are at school or at the office and have a Tupperware container or coffee cup that is dirty but they don’t have access to a normal dish setup. If someone doesn’t know how to hand wash this dish it is very tempting to just toss it and assume you can easily replace it. Talk about wasted money.
4) How To Pre-Treat Stains On Clothes
This will save your student so much money. Between barbecue wings, pizza, and coffee they will probably stain at least 90% of their clothes at some point during their college career. Imagine how much they (and probably you) will be spending on replacing laundry that was completely salvageable.
5) How To Iron Dress Clothes
This is important not just for interviews and presentations but also so that your student can get the most use out of all of their clothes. If someone doesn’t know how to iron then they will probably either not wear a wrinkled piece of clothing, therefore wasting the money that was spent on it, or they will wash it again, wasting water and laundry money.
These will save you money in the long run because your student will be more prepared for the little money drains that come with adult life. If you want to learn how to save money in college and are interested in learning more about what you can do to help your high school senior get ready to venture out on their continue reading with my “5 ways to ease the transition”.
Teresa Potter is a teacher, single mom, and technology addict. She spent too much money on her Bachelor’s Degree, didn’t find a job right out of college, and is now going back to grad school. In 2010 she resolved to find ways to be more financially and personally organized. Follow her on her home blog at A Game of Balance