3. Pots and Pans
It always seemed silly to ask for pots and pans when I never really cooked more than noodles, but then I realized that my lack of shiny cookware was partly why I didn’t cook. When you have a random mishmash of scratched-up and bent pots and pans, it’s hard to feel motivated to use them. Step into adulthood armed with shiny sauté pans, and you’ll find yourself not only feeling fancy, but also cooking and saving money in no time.
4. Dishes and Silverware
Don’t be like me. Don’t eat off a plate with a snowman on it year-round. Don’t drink out of a glass that originally came in a set of eight, but somehow is the only one you have left. Don’t drink wine out of a mug that says “World’s Greatest Bowler,” or wonder haphazardly why you only have four forks (two of which are plastic), but like 45 knives. You’re better than that.
5. Work Clothes
Back in the day, your parents bought you a suit to wear on job interviews. But nowadays, unless you’re working in an industry that requires you to wear a suit every day, you’re far better off with a wardrobe of snazzy work clothes than you are a wardrobe of t-shirts and jeans and a single, barely-worn suit. Forgo the formal wear and ask for some clothes that you’ll actually wear to the office. Remember, no one wants to buy work clothes with their hard-earned work money. When possible, let someone else do that.
Glasses are expensive in an annoying way. Sure, you can find great deals on cheap, boring frames at places in the mall, but then every day is like Glasses Day. You’ll wind up never wanting to wear your glasses and never wanting to replace the lenses because you hate the frames. Do yourself a favor and ask your parents to pay for some nicer frames while you’re still covered by their insurance. I wound up spending $400 on my glasses after my insurance discount through work, and it felt like a huge price to pay for my tiny budget. Who the hell has an extra $400 to spend on eyewear?
As previously mentioned, futons seem like legit beds for an astonishing number of years. But unfortunately, that mirage only lasts for so long, and eventually the time will come when you need an adult bed with an adult bed frame [insert the sound of a cash register here]. For me, that time came when the futon frame broke into pieces, but if you’re smart, that time will come during the holidays when you can ask your parents to buy it for you. With any luck, you’ll wind up with a mattress that doesn’t need to be replaced for at least seven years, pending any drunken mishaps.
Insurance is the biggest slap in the face to students when they graduate, outside of student loan debt. Whether you’re working for a company that barely pays for employee coverage or you’re just annoyed with how expensive everything adds up to be when health, vision, dental, car, etc. are combined, the weight of insurance costs is a total bummer. Take a load off yourself and ask your parents to help you pay for some portion of insurance in that first year after you graduate. It’ll cost way more than an iPad, which you can just save up and buy for yourself. Besides, the longer you can put off real-world finances without going into collections, the better! Hopefully your parents will understand.