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8 Things You Need to Do Before You Settle Down

When you get to a certain age, it may seem like everyone you know is getting married, buying a house, upgrading their beater cars to SUVs, having kids, and generally starting to live like an actual adult. Most of us naturally head in that direction at some point, but there is a small window of time when you have the freedom to truly explore life and passions. You may be unattached or in a serious relationship, but this personal exploratory time is crucial in ensuring you can settle down without any regrets.

Check these things off your list before you take a big plunge.

1. Learn to cook

Cooking a steak

Cooking a steak Cooking a steak is an important skill to learn. | iStock.com

Don’t resign yourself to ramen noodles and mac ‘n’ cheese. Learning the basics of cooking is one of those things everyone should know how to do. Not only does it make you more self-sufficient and independent, but there can be a certain sex appeal of someone who knows how to make a homemade marinara sauce or grill a fish perfectly. Even if you learn to cook solely for yourself, you’ll avoid wasting money on eating out and avoid the weight gain and health problems that come from consuming giant restaurant portions.