Deciding to live by yourself is one of the biggest tests of maturity--and we're not just talking about your mental state. Moving out of the family home requires guts, not mention a substantial nest egg. It's not cheap, and it can get lonely--especially if you're used to living with a lot of people. But if you're convinced that this is something that you want to do, then here are the things you have to do to make sure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

For more tips on living independently, you can check out this FN article:

(First published in
Good Housekeeping Magazine, Good Family section as a sidebar to "Surviving Your In-Laws" in May 2007; adapted for use in Female Network)
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