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What are some of the life changes that you should make around the age of 30?

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When we are young, we are trying to figure out things. We probably have graduated, secured a job, and are figuring out how to live life as successful adults. Then when you reach your 30s, it's time to step it up and be the adult you were trying to be.

Whether it is about getting married or purchasing your first car, here are some of the life changes that you should do around or at 30 years of age.

1. Start with creating a Budget:
If you don't have a solid budget in place for yourself after 30, you are not alone. Making enough money to live comfortably month-to-month usually results in not seeing a real need to set limits for yourself in certain categories, whether that's rent and groceries or personal spending. 

By taking the time to plan your finances, you will be amazed at just how much money you have been wasting over the years.

2. Have an exercise plan:
When you turn 30, exercise is no longer just important for building your self-esteem, but it is also crucial to your well-being. Not only does physical activity keep your weight in check as your metabolism starts to slow down, but it also keeps you healthy as you age, reducing your risk of everything from heart disease and diabetes to cancer and strokes.

3. Get serious about paying your debt off:
It is easy to blow off your debt when you are in your 20s, but by the time you reach your 30s, it is super important to start taking it extra seriously. Work with an expert to come up with a plan on how to go about paying off your debt - be it credit cards or students loan in the timeliest manner possible.

4. Consider buying a house instead of renting:
As nice as it is to rent and have everything taken care of for you, all that money that you spend month-to-month isn't doing anything to help your future. Buying, on the other hand, gives you something that will become yours after paying everything off - and whether you decide to keep it or resell it someday, you will get much more out of your money.

5. Do more cooking at home:
Ordering take-out is much easier than making food at home. The only issue is that even some of the healthier dishes are full of excess sodium, oil, and empty calories. Instead, make it your mission to cook more at home. You will feel healthier, save a ton of money, and will know exactly what is going into your food.

6. Stop drinking and smoking:
If you are still drinking and smoking like a college kid in your adult years, it is time to put an end to that destructive behavior. 

You can only get away with bad habits for so long before they catch up with you and start causing some serious problems. Ditch them while you are young so they don't come back to bite you later.

7. Explore your hobbies:
How much time have you devoted to your hobbies and things you love outside of your career? Probably not a whole lot. In your 30s, take some time to get to know yourself again. That means finding out what you like, what you want in life, and what lights you up. Then, you can move forward with a different outlook.

8. Quit comparing yourself to others:
You spend your entire life comparing yourself to others. In school, it is with your marks, in college with your girlfriend/boyfriend, and in your professional life with your salary.

When you hit your 30s, there is no better time to live your own life and do what makes you happy without pitting yourself up against those around you.

9. Let go of your past:
Everyone does things in the past they might not be proud of, but why should you hold on to those things against yourself your entire life?

Forgive yourself for what you have done wrong over the years and know you have learned valuable lessons along the way. Once you set yourself free from the pent-up stress and anxiety from something you can't take back or control, you will be able to move forward without the weight of it always on your shoulders.

10. Get serious about your relationships:
There is something wrong with being a bachelor or a bachelorette in your 30s, and it's probably a lot of fun. As the years go by, though, it is so special to have someone by your side to share all those big and small moments that come up. 

Although having a casual relationship may feel a bit funny but you won't feel nearly as fulfilled as you would developing a connection with someone special.

11. Call your parents more often:
It doesn't have to be every day, but it definitely shouldn't be one every couple of weeks. As you get older, your parents are getting older too and you don't know how much time you have left with them. 

Give them a ring and let them know what's going on in your life and that you miss them because one thing's for sure - they miss you, too.

12. Hang out with your in-laws:
Contrary to popular belief, your laws don't bite. It is easy to avoid them throughout the years and only show up to family gatherings when you want to, but make an effort to become close with them. There is nothing that would make them happier than being close to a person their son or daughter has to spend their life with. Plus they might be cooler than you think.

13. Start thinking about retirement:
It is never too early to start thinking about your retirement seriously, and by the time you reach your 30s, it is a good idea to have a solid plan in place. Get your PPF account ready, and have a consistent job that will back you up once you retire.

14. Make your bed every single day:
Even though making your bed is one of the easiest things you can do during the day, it is something so many people tend to skip. But can you be a true adult without keeping your bedroom in a good condition?

Make sure to take the minute it takes to get your sleeping area in order before you head out the door every morning. It makes you feel better and it's so much cozier to jump into at the end of a long day.

15. Buy New Clothes:
Be honest - how many of the clothes in your closet are from years ago? Now that you are in your 30s, there is no better time to completely redo your wardrobe and spend some of your hard-earned money on quality items that will make you look just as good as you feel. 

16. Put aside money for emergencies:
While saving up money for your future travels is important, so is making sure that you are also putting funds aside for emergencies. Life is unexpected and you never know when something could happen to you or someone you love. To make sure you never have to worry in a time of need, put aside a certain amount every month so it is always available, just in case.

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