Money is tight in college, especially during the month of January. I was paid at the end of Fall semester, before Christmas break, so in my mind I thought that money would be perfect for Christmas presents.
Then a bunch of new movies came out during break, so I had to go see them. However, with movies, popcorn and candy are essential because what is a movie without a snack?
Then, after receiving gift cards for Christmas, I would go take advantage of them; however, I have a problem with shopping. If everything fits, I must get it. Gift cards covered a lot, but I chose way more outfits than a few gift cards could cover. Then I see pairs of shoes that will go perfect with my new outfits.
And of course, if you know me, I went back to getting Chick-fil-A every day I came into Cheyenne.
Now I have a whole $9.76 to my name. So here are a few tips on how to save some money in college. Basically don’t do what I do.
Now, my New Year’s resolution is to save more money and stop my old habits. I noticed though that January is my free trial month and I will start in February. It’s hard to break a habit.
First off, if you live on campus, stop spending money to go eat out when you bought an entire meal plan for the whole academic year. I am very picky about my food, so it is hard to eat at the cafeteria every day; however, that is where most of my money goes. If you do go out to eat, limit it to once a month and save money just for that time you go out.
When you go to the store to get some snacks, don’t go when you are terribly hungry because you will find yourself with mini corn dogs and three bags of chips that you don’t need. Yes, this was
me the other night.
Second, when you go to get groceries or supplies for your place, just get what you wrote down and don’t walk down every aisle thinking, “Oh, I could use this!” I have done this so many times that I found myself at the beginning of the semester not having toilet paper, Kleenex and many other things that I actually need. My roommate and I even took a couple of toilet paper rolls when we went to my house the other night.
Make sure you save money each month to be able to go to the store and get essentials like laundry detergent and fabric softener, other things I do not have at the moment.
Finally, don’t spend money on random stuff you don’t need at the moment. Although a nerf hoop and face masks that usually last the entire semester would be nice, you have to ask yourself, “Do you really need it?”
My roommate and I are working on knowing the difference between our wants and our needs, which is saving money so we can go on a trip this spring break. I think we are off to a good start.