Sometimes it's difficult to respond in a cooth manner to something that stretches belief.
OP - If you feel responsible enough to handle your own finances (you certainly seem to have the desire), there are steps you can take to separate yourself from your parents' control.I can see only two reasons the current situation exists: 1) your parents are legitimately overbearing, or 2) you have not yet developed the skills and responsibility to handle your own money. Please only take this advice if the former applies.
Take the $60 cash you received and head to a local bank. You can compare banks in your area at BankRate.com
. When selecting a new bank, pay attention to the fees the bank charges and how much you need to keep in the account to avoid them.
Next, consider the steps you need to take to switch your finances over to the new account. In a nutshell, your income needs to go to the new account and your bills need to come out of it. Some banks offer "swtich kits" to help you through the process. Ask if your new bank has one. Otherwise, FiveCentNickel
has a great post about the steps necessary.
Finally, and most importantly, have all of your bills, bank statements, and other important financial mail sent to your address, not your parents'. Even better, get them electronically via email. You can sign up for a Mint.com
or Personal Capital
account to track when bills are due and set budgets. Mint is probably a better fit for you.
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