College Life · Personal

It’s OK to Work All Summer.

Lately this summer, I’ve been a little bitter. I’ll admit it.

I’ll log on to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and I’ll see one of my many social media friends who are on vacation. There are pictures of them drinking mojitos on the beach in Italy, Greece, or some other country that seems like a magical paradise I will never be able to see myself. (Well, hopefully I will one day.)

Every time I saw one of these posts; I rolled my eyes. How dare they have fun while I’m at work all day.  I even picked up a second job over summer break, because I just wasn’t busy enough. Also, I wanted extra money to actually pay off my debts. For the first few weeks, I was bummed because everyone around me seemed to be having exciting summer adventures, or going to concerts, or going on exquisite vacations.

I was pretty annoyed by these posts for the first part of my summer, but I got over it. I’m still jealous though. They’re lucky to get the opportunity to vacation in such beautiful places.

I had to keep telling myself; It’s okay to be busy all summer. It’s okay to save up money. It’s okay to work hard all summer.

I graduated high school 5 years ago in June. (Go Class of 2013!) Ever since then, I’ve had a job. Every summer, I’ve had to work. My friends would ask me to go hang out with them, but sadly I would always have to reply “Can’t, I’m at work rn.” It sucked, but you get used to it.

Every summer, I get bummed because I’m busy working, trying to save up money for the next college semester. But I have to keep reminding myself that it’s okay.

It’s okay to be busy all summer. Sure, you may not be having as much fun as everyone else, but in the end it will pay off. I’ll have more money saved up. I’ll be able to focus more on college when the semester starts. I’ll also be able to afford more things if I work more.

If you’re working one, two, or maybe even three jobs this summer. Try to stay positive. There are plenty of people out there who are in the same boat.

We got this.

College Life

Saving Money While in College: 101

Good evening everyone!

I feel like it’s only appropriate for my second blog post to be about saving money while being a college student.

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Here are some of my tips to saving some extra cash while in college, and how to feel less broke.

  1. r/freebies on Reddit.com: One of my favorite subreddits to visit; r/freebies has loads of freebies you can send for online. From make-up samples to household items, I have gotten quite a few free items thanks to this subreddit!
  2. Decluttr.com: I wish I had known about this website earlier in my young adulthood. You can sell your old books, CD’s, DVD’s, video games and cell phones. Start by cleaning up your room and get rid of some of that old junk that you no longer use.
  3. The iBotta App: This app will give you rebates for items you would normally shop for. Most items available on iBotta are grocery items, so when you’re doing your grocery shopping, this is the app to use! They also offer rebates on make-up, health and beauty items too, usually.
  4. Eat in more– Eat out less: One of my most important tips. My first (and biggest) mistake I made at first was eating out too much. I would pick up fast food on the way home from work or class. It’s so convenient, so why not? The sad fact is, eating fast food and at restaurants costs way more than eating at home. Purchasing and then making your own food cost less; you get more for your money.
  5. Collect all that spare change: Seriously. Do it. All that little change can add up. I had a jar I would store all of my change in, and in about 6 months I had $80 worth of money saved up.
  6. Selling your old Pokemon cards: Yes, it’s time to take out your old collection and check to see what they’re worth. Some cards (especially first edition versions) can be worth a lot of money! I currently do not have any rare cards, but selling all your duplicates and other unwanted cards can add up to some extra cash.
  7. Apply for a work study on campus: I know some students already do work study for their job; but if you are working part-time at another job, try picking up a work study at your college or university. While I was attending community college, I picked up a work study where I came in a few days a week, and I filed papers for one of the faculty members. It doesn’t make a ton of money, but you make minimum wage and usually get about 10 hours a week.
  8. Coupons, coupons, coupons: Coupons can be a life saver. I didn’t realize it until I became a little bit older, but they really help out. If you look in the local newspapers, you can usually find coupons on specific days of the week. Also, many department stores have apps for coupons, such as: mPerks (Meijer), Savings-catcher (Wal-Mart), Kroger mobile app and so on.
  9. Free events vs. Going out and spending money: Going to university can mean you have many more opportunities to chose from. Get involved with a club! A good way to spend your free time. Also be sure to check your college events to see what free functions they have going on. I usually try to preoccupy myself with going to the gym or free yoga classes they have on campus. It’s much cheaper than paying for a gym membership.

Those are all my best tips that I have for now. I hope my article helps out the fellow college students out there. If you have any good tips you’d like to share, let me know in the comments.

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