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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DENIM: Hollister {old; did not buy them with holes ha!} | TOP: Marshall’s similar here and below! | SHOES: Old Navy | BAG: LV | WATCH: Kate Spade | EARRINGS: A gift from my uncle, similar  | PHONE CASE: Lilly P.

Hey everyone! I wanted to share the cutest top with you today!! I got this the other day from Marshall’s, off of the junior’s clearance area. It was literally $12, such a good deal. I saw it after I had already tried my other tops on and was like this is too cute to pass up. I got home and it fit! Also excuse my hair, my photographer + friend just set me up for hair failure {eye-roll emoji} I know he saw half my bun was out!! Love him tho! Photographer here.

I actually wore it to my friends sweet 16 party! My friend Honesty’s sister, Faith asked me to do her makeup {I was sooo excited!} for the night and it ended up great! She looked stunning!!

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Now for the collab part of the post; my blogger friend Emanee and I are teaming up today and doing a similar outfit. We both chose to wear a blue off the shoulder tops and then added our own personal flare to it. Please go checkout her blog and her Instagram as well! She has a fun, colorful style!! Check out her outfit below…

As always thank you so much for reading!! I hope you guys have a fabulous week and please go show Emanee’s blog some love. Tootles!!

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TOP: SheIn | BOTTOMS: Old Navy, similar | BAG: Kate Spade | SHOES: Old Navy | WATCH: Kate Spade | NECKLACE: Bluetique, similar here |

Hi everyone! I’m SOOOO excited to welcome you all to my new and improved blog! The url has changed slightly, but don’t worry if you type in the old one, it’ll redirect ya!

I was just over the old design, it served it’s purpose (and it was free!) but it was time to expand and upgrade. I wanted to add my own things and use cool widgets and FINALLY get a ‘Pin It’ Pinterest button on my pictures (hover over my pics!). I wanted total customization and now I finally have it. I was planning on waiting but kind of just woke up one morning and said today is the day. I couldn’t be more excited!

Now there may still be some kinks, so please comment or email me if you notice something weird!

Now to the outfit! Can we all first take a moment for my highlight, truly a gift. I got this top from SheIn and I’m just obsessed. It’s so cute but very shear. I had to dig up a black bandeau to wear with it. Nonetheless, I still like it and it’s only $15! It was so hot the day I wore this outfit, I cannot even put it into words, so maybe I’ll wear shorts next time!

Thanks for stopping by, and please follow me on all my social media platforms to stay up to date! Everything’s on my cute new sidebar! Also how cute is my new signature..

Also sorry for going completely ghost on the blog and my social media this week. I don’t really have an excuse, I just needed a mental break, but I’m back and I’m better. Have a great weekend!

Byeeee!

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TOP: Forever 21 | DENIM: Hollister | BAG: Old Navy {blush color clearance} | SHOES: Jack Rogers | EARRINGS: From Saudi Arabia, simliar here

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good start to your week. I’m excited to share this top with you all! I call it ugly cute haha. Kind of ugly but kind of cute. I’m a bit annoyed because I got it on Saturday and literally cannot find it on the F 21 website. I linked a similar top which is also on my wishlist!

I spent my Saturday with my grandmother and then later at the pool with the fam! Sunday I had to work and we went out to dinner at Pappadeaux. It was sooo good! I would love to hear your weekend plans!!

 

 

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F 21 hat here, {currently sold out}
Hey guys!! Sorry for the late post! I didn’t schedule today’s blog post and ended up having to run errands with my mom and sister. It ended up being a great day with them! But today’s post is all about my summer vacay wishlist! I’m going to Universal Studios and the beach very soon and wanted to share what I want to take with me!
I actually just ordered this dress yesterday! I can’t wait for it. And I’m DIY-ing this hat too! {blog post soon!} Bikinis are a must too! And I definitely need to update my bathing suit collection.
Go ahead and click on the pictures to shop! Thanks for stopping by!

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