How To Budget For The Last Three Weeks Of The Semester

College is all fun and games until you realize that you still have three weeks left and only $20 in meal points. The struggle is very, very real. You start to think of all the times you spent money on that one thing that you could live without and now regret every decision you have ever made. I feel you! Budgeting money in college can be so hard. For starters, we already don't have much to begin with because we are only college kids and now when we run out we have no way of getting more unless you have a job.

This leads me to my first piece of advice. Find a job! I know I am not one to talk right now as I don't have a job currently in college, but if you are at the breaking point where you have literally $1.64 in your bank account, me right now, then find a job. I know it can be hard to balance at school, but there are plenty of places that will do flexible hours, especially towards the end of the year.

Stop buying Starbucks every day. This one hits home hard. I love Starbucks and can't go a day without it, but as soon as I ran out of gift cards, I knew it had to be done. It is expensive, and it is better for your money to go towards real meals like breakfast or dinner. Use your meal points at the coffee shop on campus that gives you discounts.

Don't buy the late night snacks. I know that chips are always better at 1 A.M., but put them down! Drink lots of water to make yourself feel more full. This will help health wise and budget wise. Like I said before, save your money for the real meals!

Stay on campus. Chipotle may be just around the corner, but it doesn't give you that solid discount that the dining halls do. We are so close to the end that three weeks without Chipotle is possible, I promise!

Overall, know what is important and what you can do without. I love food and always want to snack, but I know I need to focus on the budget and settle down with the spending. As much as I wish money grew on trees, it doesn't. College is hard, but when you learn how to budget it will make life so much easier!

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