I wish he did (hint hint Ben!), but we like to hike together.
Ahh money. I’ve worked since I was 15 and have really learned how to budget for myself. I am pretty financially independent except for my phone- hooray for family plans! I live on my own, keep my bills low, ride my bike to avoid buying gas, buy groceries instead of eating out, etc. About 75% of my clothes and furnishings are bought second hand with no shame, I’ve really learned to develop my own style and I like knowing I’m saving useful items from going to waste.
As for school- my undergrad was completely paid for with financial aid and my MacBook Pro was earned on scholarship, so I didn’t have to pay for anything out of pocket. It was such a relief when I learned I would be able to continue my education without burdening my family or swamping myself in debt.
I was awarded scholarships for grad school as well but they didn’t quite pay for all of the expenses so all told I’ll come out of grad school with about $10,000 in student loans, $2,500 a semester to make up the difference. I just try to keep in mind a Masters degree will be worth it.