Giveaway: A book for those going out on their own.Posted by Donna Freedman on Jul 25, 2014 | 47 comments
Is there a young ‘un in your family who’s about to fly the coop? Or do you know of a recent grad who’s jonesing to live solo? This week’s giveaway could be a nice pre-housewarming gift. That is, it can help them learn some of the things they need to know about leaving the nest.
“I’m Free, I’m Free, I’m Free! Now What?” was written by a woman I know who wants to give “easygoing, mildly cynical guidance” to those about to set up housekeeping.
But couldn’t you give a new young lessee much or all of the knowledge s/he needs? Probably. Will they listen? Not necessarily.
Hence the subtitle of Janet McCart’s book: “A Semi-Serious Guide to Early Housekeeping or Things You Wouldn’t Let Your Family Tell You.” Some young people are skilled at tuning out what their parents say but would believe it if they read it in a book.
Quick aside to parents: How many of you have smote your own foreheads when your 20-something offspring create emergency funds or shop for a better deal on life’s essentials because Clark Howard or Liz Weston told them it was a good idea? On the one hand you’re excited that they’re taking charge of their finances. But you’re more than a little bit miffed, because you’ve been telling them that since they were in utero.
The winner of the book will learn about the basics of “beds, moving, bills, friends, food poisoning, cleaning, toilets, money, rentals, baseline manners and roommates.” Some or all of this could really help an about-to-be-renter avoid rookie errors.
If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.
The deadline is 7 p.m. PDT Tuesday, July 29. If I don’t hear back from the winner by 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, I’ll pull another name.
Note: The book won’t be mailed right away, because I’m off to Austin, Texas late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. Still in the market for insider tips to frugal fun in the Lone Star’s capital city, so feel free to leave comments at this link.