Drexel University '18
College is a fucking money sucker. The tuition is enough as is, and on top of that, you have to pay for every little thing you do--especially if you're like me and you go to school in the city.
There are so many things we waste money on that we don't even realize. I make a majority of the money I spend, so I try to be as frugal as possible. I'm slowly learning what's worth money and what's not, how to spend my money, and where to spend it. I have a few tips and tricks to help you save money for things you actually want to buy--important things like clothes and booze.
1. Paint your own nails, or find a friend to do it for you. You can get, like, 10 paint jobs out of one $9 bottle of polish as opposed to one $15 manicure.
2. Go grocery shopping and cook your own food. If you don't know how, Google a recipe. This is going to stop you from spending money at every food truck you pass.
3. Find a side job like babysitting or tutoring. It's not time consuming, and is an easy way to make fast cash.
4. Fucking WALK. Ubering everywhere is a waste of money, not to mention it'll make you lazy.
5. Don't just buy the first textbook you see in the bookstore. Search around, and check out Amazon or Chegg for cheaper deals.
6. Divvy up your money per month/term/semester. I get a total amount for the year, then split it into three portions, one for each term. That way, I don't blow it all at once, can rationalize my spending, and keep track a little easier.
7. Learn to like cheap alcohol. We all want Coronas at the bar, but you're in college. Man up, and shotgun that Natty Light.
8. Borrow clothes from your friends, instead of buying a new outfit every single time you go out.
9. Have roommates (at least for a year or two). You'll save money on rent; and you'll always have someone around to hang out with.
10. Invest in a Keurig. I don't even want to know the amount of money I spent on coffee my freshman year, but I can tell you it's an embarrassing number.
So there you have it--and I promise your bank account will thank you if you take some of these tricks and apply them to your own life.
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