Being a kid is amazing. If you’re lucky enough to have a supportive background, you find yourself being constantly congratulated for every little stepping-stone at home, at school, and in your extra-curricular activities. Potty-trained? Round of applause. Made it to school on time every day for a month? Here’s a certificate!
Our small achievements as adults take far more energy, but nobody gives you a trophy for submitting your tax return, right? Well, the people at CashNetUSA sought to set that straight, by designing a new set of Scout Badge-style awards for climbing each of those minor mountains we must if we are to truly excel at ‘adulting’.
Negotiated Your First Pay Raise
Adulting your way through pay raise negotiations is a tricky grown-up minefield of social skills, business sense, and risk. Perhaps an few extra bucks should be reward itself, but heck – let’s mark the moment with this handsome Scout badge.
Cooked Your First Meal For Two
Cooking for yourself is easy, because you know what you like and if you mess it up you can always cake it with ketchup. But when you cook for your roomie or – worse – a new partner, expectations rise to a whole new level. If you get through the whole process without burning down the building or hospitalizing your esteemed guest, congratulations – here’s your badge.
Filed Your First Tax Return
Nobody cares about your tax return: not you, not the poor bureaucrat who has to process it, and not your long-suffering cat/roomie/stuffed toy. Yet, if you don’t deal with it, there’s going to be trouble. Finally clicked Submit and nobody cheers? Never mind, here’s your badge!
Hosted Your First Thanksgiving
Like so many things that we enjoy when we’re young, Thanksgiving just seems to ‘happen’. When you take responsibility for doing it yourself, though, the true cost and effort of making the celebration effortless for everyone else can be quite a shock. So, well done – here’s your badge.
Made a Monthly Shopping Budget
Adulting is going to involve a lot of dull documents, but few will be less glamorous than your grocery shopping Excel sheet. Completed it anyway? Here’s your badge.
Saved Your First $1000
Most people spend their twenties assuming all bank statements are printed in red by default. If you’ve done the unimaginable and not only entered the black, but squirreled away a grand towards the holiday of a lifetime, your friends won’t want to hear about it – but take this badge, anyway!
Grown-up life ain’t easy – don’t be too busy crashing through the landmarks of adulthood without pausing to recognize the great leaps you and your friends have made, with a glass of champagne, a good old hug, or one of these handsome badges.
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