We’ve all been there: browsing the shoe department at your favorite store and finding the perfect pair of sandals, only to realize that they are about three times your budget. You look at your wallet, willing it to fill itself with cash so you can add these gorgeous shoes to your collection, but sadly life just doesn’t work that way and you have to walk away.
Shopping on a college budget can be very annoying. Many first and second year college students opt out of working at a part-time job so they can focus more on their academics. That’s the difficult choice I made after earning my own income for two and a half years at my job back home. Let me just say, if my bank account could talk, it would not be speaking to me.
The first few months of college, I kept up the same spending habits I had in high school. I was used to money going into my bank account every two weeks, except now all that money was imaginary. It wasn’t until my bank account dipped lower than it had been in awhile that I realized something had to change. So I stopped buying everything that appealed to me and started considering practicality. Sure, t-shirts are cute and comfortable, but do you really need another top with a clever saying on it? Probably not. That money could be better spent on a black button up shirt you can wear casually with jeans and flats but still dress up with a pencil skirt and pumps for a job interview.
You’re right, that’s not as fun. I’m not saying you can’t splurge every once and awhile, because you totally can and should! Just be aware of your balance, and you should be good to go.