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Angel Dei Talks About Money, Adulting, And What It Takes To Live Alone

Are *you* ready to live independently?
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Independence is often associated with freedom, and while on some level, that may be true, moving out is rarely as glamorous as it may seem. In a Q&A video uploaded on July 4, influencer Angel Dei gets real about adulting and how hard it was for her when she had to do so many things on her own. 

At 17, she moved from Ilocos to Manila for college. While she still technically relied on her parents for tuition, allowance, and other expenses, it was the first time Angel experienced the realities of adulting—from doing her laundry to cooking to taking care of herself when she got sick. 

Just two weeks after she graduated college, the then-21-year-old became fully independent and started working. She lived with her siblings for a while, but eventually decided that she preferred having her own space to avoid stressful situations saying, "I enjoy my alone time, kahit sa labas, kahit magisa akong kumain o manood ng sine..."

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If you're wondering whether her parents had any qualms about her living away from family, the answer is no. Angel shares, "My parents are very understanding and they're very open-minded. My freedom sa kung ano man ang gusto naming gawin sa buhay as long as wala kaming ginagawang masama."

But she still made sure she was financially and emotionally ready for the responsibilities, telling her fans, "When you live alone, lahat ng gastusin sa'yo na 'yan: kuryente, tubig, internet, rent, groceries, lahat ikaw ang gagastos. Kaya mo bang i-afford lahat ng 'yon? What if you live alone pero 'di pa pala kaya ng sahod mo? Ang ending is baka umutang ka o umasa ka pa rin sa parents mo."

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Angel also gives advice on finding the right apartment, both online and offline. She acknowledges that it's all about preferences or what you need from a place. For her, she thinks about her pets and how close an apartment is to BGC or Makati (where most of her events and meetings happen). 

Without detailing her personal expenses, Angel also provides estimates of how much you can expect to spend when you live alone. Rent for some one-bedroom spaces in Makati can be around P10,000; P2,000 to P3,000 for electricity if you have an aircon; P200 for your water bill; and P1,200 to P1,500 for internet. 

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