How to Actually Save Money in College - Honestly Hannah

How to Actually Save Money in College

Raise your hand if you LOOOVE talking about money management. No one? K. I'm not going to lie to you, money management isn't the most exciting of all exciting topics, but it's an important one for sure.

Let's pivot over to management money in college. You've all heard someone (or a few someones) say the phrase "broke college student." So how can you avoid being a broke college student? I'm no money expert, but I have somehow managed to become a lot better with managing my money. Today I'm going to share with you how.

Make coffee at home

I'll never understand when I see people in my classes who literally have a large Starbucks coffee in hand ever. single. day. That's like 5 bucks a day on coffee. You guys know I love coffee. If you follow me on Instagram or even if you've just been reading my blog for awhile you know that coffee is my best friend. 

I love it.

But, I refuse to buy it out everyday.

In fact, I rarely purchase coffee from a coffee shop anymore. Sure, every once in awhile I'll grab some Starbucks or something, but I don't make that a habit whatsoever. 

Buy a Keurig (it's seriously a great investment) and a massive thing of your favorite K cups and you're set for awhile. I love to put a little bit of almond milk or almond milk based creamer in and it's just as good as it is from a coffee shop and you don't need to spend $5 a day on it.

Bring lunch to work

Some college students work part time while at school, some just work in the summer, etc. This summer I interned full time (I'm going to chat more about that later), and I brought my lunch almost every day.

I went out to lunch with coworkers a couple of times, but I can count the number of times I did that this summer on one hand.

I like to make my lunch the night before so I don't have to worry about it when I'm running out the door in the morning!

Create a budget

Sounds super fun, right? Listen here though guys, and I know this because I've been there. If you don't have some sort of budget, you're going to end up spending much more than you should be. I won't give specifics here because I know everyone has different income levels in college (maybe you work part time, maybe you have a side hustle, etc.). 

Give yourself a limit. A weekly limit. A monthly limit. Something. 

It doesn't have to be anything super complicated. Literally just something to keep you from overspending. 

Limit the times you eat out per week/month

Eating out adds up. And it's real tempting. 

Easy, delicious, no cooking involved. 

Whether you live in an apartment or a dorm, limit yourself to eating out at restaurants only a few times a month... Or maybe even less. Especially if you have an apartment, you're obviously already buying food for your kitchen, so focus on buying foods that you'd like to eat and that you can create a variety of different meals with. 

Do you have any money saving tips? Let me know!

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