There is so much on your mind when you come to college. How do I study? How do I stay healthy? How do I make new friends? The last thing you want to worry about is how to save money. Luckily, you shouldn’t have to worry about that. It’s very easy if you just stick to a few simple rules.
The first rule is to wait until your parents are in town to buy most things. I know you are an adult now and want independence from your parents, but I promise that mindset will change in college. When you are running low on groceries and don’t think you can cough up the extra cash to go to the supermarket, that’s when you invite your parents for a visit. They will happy to see you and happy to help their sweet little angel that they’ve missed by taking you grocery shopping.
The second rule is to find a job. The best job is one on campus. It is hard enough to manage your time in college so why not get a job on campus where they are more prone to work with your schedule.
The last rule is to find free/cheap ways to have fun. It is always tempting to go out to eat or to the movies with your friends, but before you do, think of a cheaper alternative. There are always free activities going on around campus like sporting events or mini festivals. These things might even end up being more exciting than your routine expensive night out.
College will be stressful; there’s no denying that, but hopefully by remembering these simple rules money will not be one of these stresses.