Why broke blokes stay tied to their mother’s yoke
There are lots of nasty things being said about Shannon Beveridge today. That’s probably because the 27 year old trainee commercial pilot, who still lives at home with mum in Pakenham, Victoria has got what most would consider a pretty sweet deal. Not only does Beveridge live at home rent free, mum Cindy, picks up the tab for bills and food.
Sounds like a bit of a holiday doesn’t it? No planning or organising or being responsible for anything probably means life at home just hums along. Or does it? Because when you take things like privacy, independence and the power to call all your own shots out of the equation, is not having to clean the toilet really all that good?
The Punch spoke to two men in their late twenties, who are also living at home, to find out.
First up, is 29 nine year old Carl Seville who lives at home with his mum and fiancé in Maroubra. Seville, who has never left home, said he and his fiancé are planning to move out in March, once they’ve saved a “sizeable” deposit and paid for their upcoming October wedding. In the meantime, they’ve been saving around $600 a week, and accrued most of their own furniture.
Unlike Beveridge, Seville and his fiancé have to pay for their own food, cook their own meals and do their own chores. Seville told The Punch while his mother has given her full blessing for them to share a house, they’re living there purely for financial reasons:
“I look at things like this; although I have a steady job, I’m at home right now because I want to be there in order to save. It serves me a purpose. My mother is even happy with that as she knows why we are there. My fiancé is a hair dresser & I’m in hospitality sales. We both work long hours and take care of our selves. Although we are at home, we are not leaching off anyone. We are always doing things for our selves and pulling our weight.”
Living at home also serves a purpose for another 28 year old man, who did not wish to be named in this story. Let’s just call him Mr NSW. Like Seville, Mr NSW has also never left home. He works on a voluntarily basis in the disability sector and studies part time at TAFE.
Living at home has meant Mr NSW has been able to save ten thousand dollars in the past 12 months, money he is using to travel at the end of the year. He said the only downside to living at home is the lack of social life: “That can be hard, but I still see my mates, we just end up playing basketball or heading to the Café, to keep costs down.”
Both men feel grateful for the opportunity to live at home, but hope it will not be forever. They’re also united in the idea that cost of living pressures mean their way of life will become increasingly common. Mr Seville blames the sky-rocketing property market, while Mr NSW blames a lack of jobs that require endless tertiary qualifications.
All of this makes it pretty clear that it’d be unfair to paint Shannon Beveridge as a bit of a bludger with no prospects. If anything staying at home is clearly a sensible option, if you’re up for it.
The only question I’m left with is what about all the girls in this age group. Or is living at home well into your twenties just more of a bloke thing?
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