Balling On A College Student's Budget

Balling On A College Student's Budget

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Balling On A College Student’s Budget

Many of us can relate to the struggles of being in college and feeling overwhelmed by the price tag of our education. Because we invest so much of our finances in our education, sometimes we don’t have as much to spend on fun activities to make our everyday lives more enjoyable. If you’re a college student, here’s some inexpensive ways to do all the things you love and ball on a college student’s budget.

1. College-Sponsored Events

Clubs or organizations on college campuses, such as student government, often hold events on campus to give back to the students or sometimes raise money for their club. For example, my college has Free Bowling Friday where any student can bowl for free at a local bowling lane from 5 pm to 7 pm. Many campuses have perks such as these and they are a great way to have some fun with your friends and stay local.

2. Mini Golf

You’d be surprised how many mini golf businesses crop up every day, and there could be one near you. It’s usually only a few dollars per game and is so simple, anyone can play. My friends often turn to mini golf for a fun night out or sometimes even a study break. Find a mini golf course near you and get putting!

3. Movies

Another great local spot to go for some fun is the movie theatre. The best part about this option is that often times, movie theaters do a discount day where the prices are cheaper than usual. If they don’t do discount days, they may also take a student discount with your college ID. It’s a great way to see the newest flick with your friends and keep the bill low.

4. Restaurants

Just like the movie theater, many restaurants do student discounts with your college ID, keeping your pockets, and your stomach, full. No need to shell out a huge amount on dinner, just pick a local restaurant and ask if they do student discounts, problem solved!

5. Museums

If you go to school in or around a big city, museums are a popular attraction that can be relatively cheap or even free! Depending on the museum, some are free of charge or may give student discounts as well. If you want to be a little artsy and financially smart, pick a museum.

6. Sporting Events

In most cities, there is a professional sports team that people root for and going to the games can be pretty expensive…if you aren’t raking in those student discounts! Some professional sports teams, usually baseball and hockey teams, also do student discount or student rush tickets that are affordable for students. Sometimes they even come with extra perks like discounted food or opportunities to win free tickets. Also, some colleges have transportation that will take students into the city if they attend school in the suburbs. Cheap tickets and provided transportation, couldn’t get any better!

7. Laser Tag

Much like mini golf, laser tag can be a great, cheap way to have fun with a larger group of friends. It also only costs a few dollars a game, and is technically a team game so more friends can be involved.

These have always been great go-to activities for my friends and I, so if you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday night, look no further than this list!

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If I Could Dream A Perfect Day, This Is What I'd Do

An inside look at what my dream day would be like.


Have you ever just had such a crappy day that you find yourself lying in bed daydreaming about what your perfect day would be like? No limitations, no pain, no frustrations. Just whatever you want.

Well, I have. Here is a look at what my perfect day would contain.

1. Teleportation


I know, I know. The first thing on my list is something that could absolutely never happen, at least in my lifetime. But hear me out.

I want to travel, but any form of transportation makes me sick. Cars, boats, planes, trains, you name it I end getting sick. So if I could teleport than I wouldn't have to deal with it. Plus I wouldn't have to pay for gas or airfare. It's a win-win.

2. My Mom

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It wouldn't be a perfect day if my mom wasn't along for the ride. Who else would I have fun with and then rub it in my brothers face later?

Just kidding, he would come too.

3. Food


It would not be a prefect day if it didn't involve food. And if it was free it would be even better.

4. London


I have been dying to go back to London, and if it was my perfect day I would definitely take a trip over the pond!

5. Meet the Stars


If it was going to be my perfect day, I would meet some celebrities. Let me scream, and jump, and totally fangirl in front of Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

6. Meet Fictional Characters


Earlier I said no limitations, so that means I get to meet fictional characters such as the Mikaelson family, the Golden Trio, Sirius Black, the Avengers, the Joker (he wouldn't kill me), and Hannibal Lecter (he also wouldn't kill me) to name a few.

7. Disney World


Bring on the magic! I want to go to Disney World and not have to wait in any lines. That would be a perfect day.

8. Learn a New Language


If I could learn how to speak French or German in a day that would be amazing.

9. Queen Concert


If I could close out the day by traveling back in time to see a Queen concert with Freddie Mercury back on stage that would be the perfect end to the perfect day.

10. Happiness

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If everyone that I love was completely happy, with no stresses holding them down, for just one day that would definitely be a part of my perfect day.

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