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Living Single

Living isn’t cheap… especially when you have to do it on your own.  A common misconception might be that it is easier to live on your own because you then just have one person to take care of—yourself. But, in a city where cocktails run around $8 on average and a small studio apartment in a buzzing neighborhood can cost around $900 a month before utilities, being a single isn’t easy.

Summer is upon us and so is the end of my lease.  I plan to start a new journey in another area of Chicago.  Currently, I live alone; it’s just the way I live my life.  Nothing wrong with it, but it can certainly be arduous.   The rent doesn’t get split.  I do grocery shopping alone.  All the bills come in my name. 

So why live alone? The self-fulfilled single is a rare breed—one that most likely has gotten a few minuses next to “plays well with others” on their report cards.  There are enormous benefits to being completely self-sufficient.  All of which I will not go into right now; but, let it be known that the most enjoyable thing isn’t always the most efficient or logical.

Living as a single person on a single salary in the single most beautiful city in the Midwest (and possibly in this universe) is a difficult task.  Success at this has become a well sought-after craft.  I, for one, have yet to perfect it; this I will admit.  Here I sit after a streak of good luck and fabulous, semi-affordable apartments.  Now, I face catastrophe.  And, in the face of that catastrophe I must face my worst fear of all…

That’s right.  I must whole-heartedly reconsider my spending habits. “Necessity” must be redefined.  Budget: the single’s best bet to survival in this city (unless, of course, you are incredibly wealthy in your own right and have no worries of how to pay your rent and other expenses.)

Going out on the town is a way of life for many “seeking singles.”  It takes a toll on our beauty sleep and our wallets. 

Keep your eyes peeled for local deals and don’t ignore the option of staying in now and then with new and old friends and enjoying $1 movie from the local Redbox.   Throwing or attending a low-key BYOB party on a rooftop deck on a breezy summer night? Sounds like a good time to me.

Living the single life—going out, meeting new people, looking and feeling your best—gets expensive.  And, when you’re paying your own rent and utilities and doctor bills and…well, I could go on forever… the line thickens between necessity and nice-to-have.

Living single is hard work.  Hard work is worth its rewards.  You put two and two together!