All I can remember growing up was how much I couldn't wait to grow up. I would dress up in my mom's clothes, stumble around in her heels, pretend to be on business calls (I was a weird kid) and long for the day when I got to do it all on my own. Well, reality hit hard when I moved out on my own and had to start to buy my own stuff.

Ever since I began working at 16 I would buy all my "extra things." These things would be like makeup or clothes, new records or books I wanted, and in my case a whole lot of plants. But what it also taught me was that I was super lucky to have parents that wouldn't leave me out in the cold and would buy all the necessary things for me. That was until I got to college.

Sophomore year I moved out on my own and these last few months have been rough. I feel like I now know why adults are always stressed. Here are twelve things that living paycheck to paycheck has taught me so far in my measly 19 years.

1. Going out is a luxury

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I barely have enough money for toilet paper let alone a full three course meal.

3. Sales are your new BFF

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Because who can honestly spend more than $20 on a shirt and feel okay about that?

4. Movie theaters are overrated

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Just wait for it to come out on Netflix.

5. New electronics are not a necessity

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My home phone works perfectly fine.

7. Cheap meals taste the best

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who doesn't like ramen?

10. Reality is put into perspective

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You don't need everything, and you slowly stop wanting more and more.

12. You value your parents so much more

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Because without them you wouldn't be where you are now. All those late nights and long hours show how much they wanted to support you!