“This is your pocket money for the whole week, use it wisely and don’t come back to me in two days, like the last time”.
“Dude! I’m completely broke, I literally ate out the whole time this week…”
“I have no clue how my friends can save up so much while I’m literally at the mercy of cheap food every weekend.”
If you have been in or experienced any such kind of a problem in your college or especially hostel life, then you are reading just the right blog post! It is a fact that college students have so much going on simultaneously. There is so much to try out, so many places to visit and so many cafes or restaurants to eat out at, so many new trends that we would rather die than miss out and literally so much to explore, that our finances would always seem low. Also, let’s not forget the pressure to be cool in college and the distractions which we encounter sooner or later.
Obviously we can never stay satisfied. And during those times of our lives, where we are expected to learn about the value of money, we spend it recklessly (mostly on worthless objects) and never learn wise ways to save money in college life.
It isn’t easy to have fun and be experimental while saving up money at the same time, right? WRONG – Because it is definitely possible.
Being a college student myself, I have discovered and observed some little changes that we can make in our lifestyle to make our pocket money last much much longer. So, I came up with some clever ways to save money during college life. Here they are:-
How to effectively save money:-
1. Avoid Binge eating while binge watching
We all know how much we are on our laptops as a college student; whether we are preparing for a presentation, or binge watching those new series or movies on your laptop. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless we are not continuously munching up your whole week’s food in those few hours.
We don’t realize how much junk we eat while sitting on that screen all day, either ordering food from the nearest McDonald’s or finishing 3 bags of Lays.
It is time to slay these habits and keep a check on how much food you order. Try not to eat while watching because that’s the worst thing to do and if you do feel hungry, then just get up a little, flex your muscles, wash that apple and chew up on that instead of spending the triple on getting unhealthy food home.
2. Slay those temptations
Try to fight off temptations to buy that new Forever 21 dress at the mall costing you 2000 bucks or more, which you know deep inside, you’re never going to wear.
Spend wisely on things you ‘need’, not on things you ‘crave’. And while out shopping something for a friend, know that you don’t need that cute pair of shorts or that cool shirt, however tempting it may be! Of course a Sale is such a pure blessing, but it actually makes you spend double of what you would initially. When you fight off that urge, trust me, it makes you so proud of yourself! (And you can always gift yourself something later, with your little savings every month!)