Living At Home: Giving Back

As you have probably gathered from some of my previous posts, I currently live at home with my parents while I try to simultaneously save money and pay off my student loans.  They don’t charge me rent or utilities or anything like that.  I don’t even have to pay for groceries if I don’t want to.  But after years of living on my own and taking care of myself, it’s still an adjustment, even though I’ve lived at home for almost a year now.

While I am grateful that my parents understand my financial situation and let me live with them rent-free, I don’t want to take advantage of them.  I do what I can to buy my own necessities like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and some of my own groceries.

The other thing I’ve been doing lately is cooking for my parents.  On Sunday, I made them brunch.  That was my own special cinnamon almond pancakes with caramel apple topping and homemade whipped cream.  Then, last night I made Mexican stuffed shells.  My brother had I’m assuming his girlfriend over as well, so I ended up feeding six people all together.  That recipe was a hit as well.

I don’t often have time to do other chores around the house outside of taking care of my own space, so cooking when I am able to is a way for me to pay them back for all that my parents are doing for me.

Have any of you, dear readers, had to live with your parents or other family members?  How did you pay them back for their kindness?  Let me know in the comments!


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