Moving away from home comes at a high cost.
A month after graduating college, I packed my bags, waved goodbye, and moved to New York City. Like so many others, living in this city had always been a dream of mine, and I was fortunate to land employment within a couple weeks of my move. However, it wasn't until I started planning trips to go back and visit family and friends at home that I realized how expensive traveling back and forth would be.
Because I was on an entry-level salary and didn't have much extra cash, there were countless times I had to sacrifice attending family events and miss out on monumental milestones in my friends' lives. Eventually, I found it helpful to set up an automatic withdrawal in my banking account so a certain percentage of my paycheck would automatically go into designated savings. This withdrawal made budgeting for holiday travel, etc., much easier and less of financial strain.