Sharing a roof, and money, with adult kids

When Amanda Claypool was 28, she left a government contracting job in Washington, D.C., and moved back to her parents’ house in upstate New York while she figured out her next step. Then the pandemic struck, and her temporary return lasted longer than she’d planned.

Living with her parents for several months “helped give me more flexibility to pivot to a new career,” says Claypool, who is now a content creator in Asheville, North Carolina. Her parents covered her expenses related to food and housing. In return, she helped them declutter and sell about $10,000 worth of vintage toys and collectibles online.

Claypool’s decision to return home is increasingly common. The Pew Research Center found that one quarter of U.S. adults ages 25 to 34 lived with parents or other relatives in 2021 and that the portion of young adults who do so has steadily climbed over the past 50 years.

Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez, host of Real Simple’s “Money Confidential” podcast, has noted the trend. “Even prior to this latest round of inflation, we saw a greater share of millennials moving back in with parents and staying at home longer. The pandemic accelerated that,” she says.

While moving back home can provide a financial safety net for young adults, it can also negatively affect their parents’ finances and stymie their own growth toward becoming financially independent. In Kimberly Palmer’s latest for the Associated Press, learn how to navigate intergenerational living so it benefits everyone involved.

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  1. I am 62 and retired. My annual income come from my pension, rental properties and Social Security. My new financial advisor stated I can not purchase Roth IRAs because I do not ‘earn an income’. I pay taxes on all three of my income sources that are notes above. Why can’t I continue to contribute to my Roth IRA?