Hi ladies, When you guys first moved out on your own (finished college, got a job, etc) and stopped accepting support from your parents, was it tough to figure out how to budget? To be perfectly frank (and tacky), at this point I haven't had to budget... I eat what I want, I generally buy what I want, and I have a jolly good time. However, this is gonna be a DIFFERENT STORY in about 5 months! Car insurance, cell phone bills, everything's gonna be handed over to me and it's a little daunting. Any budgeting tips for a soon to be independent 20-something? Also, another question. The apartment building I'd like to move into in Chicago is about $900 a month... is that rent too much for a single working girl? I have no clue about these things and my parents a little flakey about advice... thanks so much for your help.