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30 Things Every 30 Year Old Should Know by the Time They're 30

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

When we're young, we can be a little careless, a little irresponsible, and procrastinate sometimes. Well we're not young anymore! We're Almost 30! Just kidding. Of course we're still young, but we've realized that those fine lines are starting to set in, botox is becoming our best friend, and that it might be time to start "adulting" for real now. Here are 30 of the 30 things we should know by the time we're 30 years old.

  1. How to navigate romantic relationships without losing yourself

  2. How to confidently ask for what you want at work and how to be confident in asking questions when you don’t know —whether that's a raise, a new challenge, or a modified schedule

  3. How to do your taxes—or how to save up so someone can do them for you.

  4. When to try harder and when to walk away

  5. How to speak up at group dinners when the bill comes—but you only had one drink

  6. What you would and wouldn't do for money or love

  7. Who your real friends are and the people you want to be around you

  8. A skin-care regimen that works for you and being more selective (click here for our recommendations)

  9. Have a working knowledge of current events, no matter how dire they are.

  10. Have a handle on how much is in of your checking account and your 401k (and having a 401K)

  11. Have one old partner you can't imagine ever going back to—and who reminds you of how far you've come

  12. How to pay your bills, manage your money and budget for your future (click here for the apps)

  13. How to pick good insurance for yourself and your needs

  14. Basic Table Etiquette (Pass Salt & Pepper Together, How to use napkin, what to do with hands and fork when speaking at a table, etc.)

  15. How to be alone (traveling, eating, movies, party, etc.)

  16. How to change a tire

  17. How to fix things around the house (fix sink, unclog something, garbage disposal, fix a fuse)

  18. How to say no

  19. How to cook at least 3 staple meals (less than 20 minutes, to impress guests, something you love)

  20. That what others think of you is really none of your business

  21. When someone loves you, they won't try to change you

  22. How to be confident in yourself

  23. You should not have to sacrifice happiness for success

  24. That you should always have an escape plan (job, date, kidnapping, etc)

  25. You can change your career anytime you want regardless of age

  26. Self defense

  27. Know your self worth

  28. Don't be a toxic bitch aka DRAMA FREE

  29. Know what actually makes you happy

  30. Nobody knows what they're doing, so get used to it! You can't plan tomorrow

After going through the list, how many of you are thriving and how many of you still don't feel like an adult yet?

List compiled by Jenn Reilly and Lisa Howard of 30 and Not Thriving Podcast and Racquel Goldy and Natasha Salehi of Millennial Girls Podcast.

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