..your first car?
Nope. I already had my 1st job by the time I got a drivers' license. My mom just co-signed as a guarantor of the lease, but I never missed a payment so she never had to pay a cent towards my car, fuel or repairs. This taught me to save for what I want, take care of my big ticket items & manage a (tiny) budget.
...clothes, accessories, etc, while in college?
First three years, yes. In my last year I was working (had a decent paid internship), so I started paying for my own little things and spoiling my family now & then. Felt good.
...your way through college?
>loans, food cost, etc?
Yes, in a way. My parents are both academics & in South Africa that means their kids go to college for free. They'd only have to pay if I failed my classes, so I still had mad pressure to focus and set a good example for my younger bro & sis.
...anything I haven't mentioned?
- They paid for my medical cover
/ bills until I finished college. I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth removed when I turned 19 & that bill was more than my first car. I am so grateful to them for this.
- Haha, it was very late in my life that my mom stopped paying for my haircare
. I actually think I started paying for my own haircare when I discovered forums.
. I've had one since highschool, which they paid for. My dad still sends me minutes now & then to guilt trip me for not calling often enough.