You did it! You made it across the stage without tripping (hopefully!) and you’re done with high school. So what’s next? Check out our tips for life after graduation!

1. Create a budget.

after graduationWhile budgeting might not be the first thing on your mind after graduation, it could be one of the most helpful things you do. Regardless of your financial situation, setting this habit now will save you stress and money in the future. The word “budget” brings lots of different things to mind for different people. Living on a budget doesn’t have to be constricting or negative. Instead of viewing your budget as a limitation, think of it as the freedom to spend without worrying about absentmindedly spending too much. To help you keep track of your finances, consider getting a budgeting app so your budget is always at your fingertips.