It's really hard ballin' on a budget. You try and do the best you can to be mature about your spending, but then life just...happens. Being expected to act as an adult by society's standards while still earning the income of a peasant doesn't help much either. Whether it's buying an outfit, wearing it out, and returning it the next day or getting a notification from your bank telling you there's a negative balance on your account, we've all been there. Our less than proud monetary moments are not solely the sum of who we are. It just shows that we like to indulge in life's pleasures and teaches us how to be creatively frugal.
1. Any piece of clothing over $20 seems outrageous and out of your price range.
And if it's more, that shirt better possess magical powers and help you lose 10 lbs.
2. Refusing to even check your bank account because there’s a good chance you have less than $15 to your name.
The 1 percent interest rate on your savings account isn't helping much either.
3. Payday is the absolute best day.
Literally, it’s almost like you won the lottery…except it’s a couple million dollars short and you had to slave for every cent.
4. Your alcohol standards are low.
Burnett's and Rubinoff are your Ciroc and Grey Goose. Pre-gaming is crucial and dollar drinks are your best friend.
5. All you can hope for is that your well-established family members take pity on you.
Grandma, I'm a poor college student. Please give me $50 for Dominos and bad decisions.
6. You consider taking up a side job to make some extra cash.
Did you know you can sell your plasma, blood, and eggs for money?!
7. Looking for the best deals possible, even if you don’t necessarily need it.
Four for $2 frozen sushi? Questionable.
8. Inviting your mom shopping with the hope she’ll pay for your clothes…even though it can end up feeling more like a burden than a blessing.
“Why do you wear jeans with holes in them? It’s so trashy.” “Thanks, Mom, your insight is very valued, now where's your credit card?”
9. Your health begins to be impacted.
Cough medicine or another pair of black leggings? Decisions, decisions.
10. The word 'free' is everything!
Free pizza, free candy, free pens, free samples, free flu shots, free puppies, they’re all important.
11. Not accelerating as much as usual to save gas.
Living on the edge is continuing to drive around with your gas light on.
12. Scraping together anything you can in order to buy your morning coffee.
Couch cushions, public fountains, and your piggy bank from second grade are all in play.
13. You would rather fail a class than spend $300 on a textbook.
A book that you will probably only use twice and oh yeah you also have to buy a $75 access code because your professor hates you.
14. Coupons are bae.
Buy one, get one free Big Macs are my personal favorite, but I don't discriminate.
But at the end of the day, no matter how broke you are, you somehow manage to find the extra money for guac at Chipotle.