Hi friends! I wanted to share some money saving tips geared towards the college student. My first year I was BROKE. I’ve never, ever been that broke before! Trust me college broke is a different kind of broke! So here are some tips:

Disclaimer: should you really be listening to me?? I blew $1200 in one semester, proceed with caution.

Bank Accounts

Have both a checking account and savings account and maybe even an emergency savings that you never touch! Easier said then done to never touch it, but don’t!

Tip: My checking, savings, and car fund savings account are with one bank and I have another savings account with a different bank. This is great because it takes like 24 hours to transfer between banks so I can’t do quick transfers, which discourages me from dipping into that savings account. Hope that made sense ha!

Banks

Find a bank that’s in your college town. Look this up before you get on to campus. You will definitely need to go to an ATM at some point during the year.

Going Out

I truly do not know how people go out every night or 4 days a week. HOW? WHY? And $$$. If you do or plan on indulging in adult beverages, they can get pricey especially if you’re out 4+ days a week. Also if you’re under 21, you can end up paying a cover fee at bars. I’ve paid up to $5 just to get in. There are parties and events that require ticket purchases and it adds up. So, pace yourself, unless you’re rich, then go all out.

Overpriced Textbooks

Really, really, really, ask around and research if you need a textbook. I had professors tell me I needed the book and I never used it and got an A. Often times your college class will have a FB group, and you can ask there, or in the year before if you’re a freshman. I’ve always had great luck with responses.

Tip: Amazon rental is bomb for textbooks, and you can always return it {within a certain time frame} if you don’t end up using it!

Utilize Your Meal Plan

At some point or another, you will get sick of dining hall food. My tip: treat yourself, but not everyday, maybe not even every week. I lived right behind Court St. {Athens’ main street Uptown} and it was closer then the dining halls, so I would treat myself a little too much! I somehow spent $90 in February on food alone?! Don’t ask me how.

Tip: save your food money for when its 3 am and you’re leaving the bars, parties or the library! The dining halls will be closed at this time. Also delivery is your friend!!

Cash vs. Card

Sometimes I prefer to use cash over my cards because I’m more attached to it, but my friend is the opposite. If you find that you’re more likely to spend less of your cash then try to carry more cash, and vice versa. I definitely tend to blackout and just swipe my card like there’s no tomorrow!

Get A Job

Either get a job on campus or while you’re at school {I am this year!} or take advantage of long weekends and holiday breaks to go home and work! I didn’t have a job last year and loved not having the responsibility, but really could have used the money. There are a lot of college jobs that are desk jobs, and you’re allowed to bring your laptop and schoolwork!

I’m changing this for this upcoming year and already have an interview scheduled!

Save Money!!

Work your butt off over the summer and save your money!!! Save tons of money and your grad money too if you’re a freshman!

At the end of the day if you’re broke with $2.47 in your account don’t feel too bad because chances are you are not alone haha! I saw something on Twitter that was super funny about broke kids at OU. It said something like OU students will have $2.63 in their account and buy a $2 shot with no shame. I thought this was soo funny and super true, I’ve witnessed it! Anyway please use these tips and don’t be like me! Tootles!

 

Other College Related Posts:

College School Supply List

College Clothing Checklist 

College Dorm Checklist 

Getting Involved 

College Hacks

Dorm Tour

You can always search ‘college’ in my search bar for more!

 

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Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share another college related post. The list will also be on Pinterest!

Looking for a dorm checklist? See this post! I have a college school supplies checklist too! I really have you covered!

Below I go more in depth on a few items on the list below!

Please note that packing lists that say a max of 15 tops or 2 pairs of jeans are SO unrealistic, and yes I’ve seen these mentioned on packing lists on Pinterest. You have to understand that you will not be at home and you’ll want to be comfortable. And there is such a thing as overpacking, believe me! I brought a bit to much with me last year so this is the list that I will use for the upcoming school year.

TOPS

T-shirts | not too many, maybe 8 to 10, depending if you sleep in them, workout in them, always wear them, or don’t plan on doing laundry often. {I brought too many last year}

Blouses + Button-downs | I think it is good to have a handful {3 to 5} combo of these tops just for events, rush / sorority events, interviews, business classes, etc.

Tops | honestly, you be the judge. I recommend a combo of nice day-to-day tops, going out tops / bodysuits, and nice tees. I plan on bringing about 25 {keep in mind I do take outfit pics often though!!}

Sweaters | I plan on bringing around 4, I didn’t wear all of the one’s I brought last year. They’re great under vests in the fall! It also depends on where you go to school, you may want to adjust for a harsher winter.

BOTTOMS

Jeans | This may be tricky, because I did not wear all of the jeans I brought. To be honest I’m still not sure of all the jeans I’m bringing this year. I’d say 5 to 6 is a good number, depending on how often you wear denim. {Honestly, you’ll wear leggings, shorts and sweats more than ya think!}

Shorts | 2 to 3 pairs of denim; you won’t wear them for very long. 3 to 5 of athletic / lounge shorts. I sleep in them sometimes and workout in them too!

Leggings | 6 to 7 pairs for laundry purposes! You’ll probably wear them a lot, same with sweats if you wear those instead.

Skirts | depends on how often you wear them. I plan on bringing 4 to 6 skirts for going out and casual. You be the judge.

Dresses | 4 to 6 for casual, parties / going out, and for fancier events.

OTHER

Undies | I love underwear 😂 so I would say about 20ish {25 to be safe!} pairs, especially if you do laundry every couple of weeks.

Bras + Sports Bras | 4 to 5 bras, 3 to 5 bralettes { you’ll probs wear them more haha!} 2 to 3 sports bras, depending on how often you wear them.

Pajamas | Honestly I only brought a few PJ pants. I usually sleep in bralettes or t-shirts. You be the judge

Swim | I love swimming so I brought a one piece, 2 tops and one bottom. {I would go swimming at my friend’s apartment or the aquatic center}

Socks | 15ish and don’t forget taller socks for boots and fuzzy socks for when your room is FREEZING!

Vests + Coats | I’m a vest whore and have like 5 {but I wear them all!!}, but 1 to 2 is good for the normal person. 1 to 2 coats, like a lighter Northface and then a heavier coat.

Cardigans | I love cardis but didn’t use half of the one’s I brought. Save space and bring 3

Accessories | 2 belts {brown and black}; don’t overdo it with the bags, you won’t use large bags often. I will bring my Longchamp, my tote which also doubles as a school bag and probably 3 cross-bodies. A clutch is good to have too! Jewelry is very personal! I didn’t end up wearing a lot of big statement pieces!

Shoes |  causal sneakers {2}, gym shoes {1}, sandals {2}, messy shoes {for bars or Fest Season if you’re going to OU, r.i.p. to my shoes}, rain boots or duck boots, uggs or a winter boot, flats {2}, shower shoes / flip-flops, heels / wedges {try to go for neutral ones, 2 to 3}

Now I’m lucky, my family visited pretty frequently and I would ask them to bring me stuff or take home stuff I wasn’t using. If you are close to your hometown I would ask your fam to do the same. It saved me tons of space and I got to wear more of my favorite items!

Thanks for reading!!

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Cincinnati Sass College Essentials

So my college checklist seemed to be a big hit, so I’m back with another college-related post! I just wanted to create a little list for the school supplies I used my first year of college. These are pretty key items. I brought a binder and never used it but that’s completely up to you!

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Hey guys! Seeing as I am entering my sophomore year in college, I wanted to start posting some college related things more geared to freshman. Upperclassman can use this too! There are TONS of lists out there. I looked for all my college inspo. on Pinterest. {See my Dorm and College boards} SO, with that being said, I created a list of the items I actually bought to college, except one :'( . I actually forgot to include a drying rack, and that was such a major thing for me!

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Below are some things that I wanted to go more in-depth on and tell you why you NEED them!

Drying Rack

My mom has always used a drying rack for things like bras and denim, and I learned to do the same. SO, when it came to dorm life, I had to do the same. If your school’s anything like OU, then you’ll probably come into contact with a industrial strength washer and dryer, which means more heat. I’ve spent too much money on bras, jeans and those Lululemon leggings for them to shrink!

Shop mine here:

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Storage Ottoman

I love my ottoman! Perfect storage and a great place for guests to sit. Mine is collapsable too, great for transportation.

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Quarters

The washers and dryers at OU accept Bobcat Cash which you can upload to your student ID and quarters. I prefer to use my Bobcat Cash for food and other fun things which don’t include laundry. So, during the summer I stock up and save my quarters and my mom saves them for me during the school year.

Lock Box

My mom insisted on getting me one and it was very useful! I put my stamps, cash, checkbook {not that I ever used it!} and at one point, a concert ticket. Mine had a chord that I wrapped around my bed so it couldn’t walk off. I think it’s great, especially if you have a roommate, you don’t know who their friends are!

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Febreeze + Lysol Spray

My roommate would do this thing where she would leave her Chipotle out or throw it away in the room, and my room would smell like booty. SO, I would spray tons of Febreeze and room spray. When I heard a sniffle from her or I felt sick I would spray lysol in the air, the carpets and our beds to try to disinfect.

Steamer

Way better than an iron, here’s my theory. If you get an iron you need an ironing board, both take up space, more space than a steamer. Steamers are super easy and greta to have. I have a mini one and it’s super cute and great for traveling!

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Flashlight

Everyone needs a flashlight for emergencies. Second semester the power went out on my side of campus and was out for a while. It’s nice to have a flashlight, which leads me to my next item…

Portable Charger

I mentioned the importance of a portable charger in another post { Read my ‘What’s In My Going Out Bag’} and it was great for when the power went out. I hadn’t charged my phone and needed it for the next day!

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Extension Chord

I never used one in my dorm room {we technically weren’t even allowed to..} but I did use it in the library. It was perfect for tables farther away from outlets!

Optional, but great items:

Keurig 

A must for coffee and tea drinkers. Mine is my best friend and my most used college item right behind my laptop!

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Yoga Mat

Yoga mats are great if you want to work out and do yoga in your room or in the campus rec center. I always saw girls carrying theirs around campus. However a good hack for the yoga mat is for a mini mattress. Perfect for if you have guests over!

More college related posts can be found under my ‘college’ tab! I’ll be uploading this on Pinterest, please repin! Thanks for reading!

Additional College Posts:

Dorm Tour

What’s in My Bag: Going Out Edition

How I Stay Organized In College 

College Hacks

Getting Involved In College

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Hi guys!! I know it’s been awhile but exams are over and so is school! I’m back in Cincinnati for the summer and ready to get the ball rolling on Cincinnati Sass, work and having fun. So, without further adieu, my reasons for why college is a million times better than high school.

Personal Quality

Honestly, college has made me a much better person! I mean I wasn’t a bad person by any means, it just made me mellow out, and really put real things that matter in perspective, high school is the complete opposite.

WAY Less Drama

College is great because very rarely do you deal with petty drama. My high school seemed to have been filled with very bitter people, and OU is the complete opposite. People are more mature and worried about their own lives (THANK GOD!!)

Real Friends

Yeah, you make friends in high school, and I still talk to my close friends, but half of the people I said hi to in the hallways or was cordial to, I don’t talk to or even think about now. But, in a matter of months I have made some great friends that I actually have stuff in common with. I actually feel like I fit in with people, unlike high school.

Independence + Confidence

I feel better in my own skin and am happy with my life and how things are. College has taught me to be more independent, which I’ll need for the future.

Thanks for reading!!

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