This is a picture of a whataburger number and the receipt on what my friends and I bought.

Ways to Avoid Spontaneous Spending

By Mia Robinson
Web Content Contributor

Being a college student on a budget is hard, especially when you are always surrounded by your friends. I spend money that I could save for rent or groceries on fast food, clothes and Venmo. Last week, I came to the realization that it isn’t just me doing this. There are some ways I can be better at saving money!

One thing you could do to save money is to limit the amount of times that you go out to eat. Instead of going out, try meal prepping. Some simple meals that you could quickly make are sandwiches, crackers and tuna salad, or even some chicken with veggies. Also, another thing I am beginning to do that is keeping me on track is to always have a snack in my backpack or purse whenever I go out. 

Shopping is a good form of therapy – and I indulge in it a lot. There are a lot of different ways to avoid this habit. Sometimes when you’re online shopping, you just have to clear your cart before you purchase and regret. Another way to avoid spending is to go to a thrift store rather than the outlets. This is the easiest way to save money instead of throwing it away on clothes and other meaningless items.

This is a picture of me in the dressing room wearing a white flowy sleeved shirt in the Forever 21 dressing room.
Trying on clothes! Image by Mia Robinson.

The last thing you can do to save money is to manage your Venmos to your friends. Venmo is an app that you can send money to people quickly online without having to deal with a card. I have a hard time managing this because the money doesn’t actually disappear until the person you Venmo takes it out. If you keep up with the payments in your bank account, you will definitely manage your money better.

This is a picture of a venmo screen on my computer where you can sign in on when you do it from your laptop browser.
Logging onto Venmo. Image by Mia Robinson.

At the end of the day, it is your money and you can do what you want with it. Whether that is retail therapy or eating out, this is to help those who want to be a little more of a conscious spender instead of a spontaneous one.

Featured image by Mia Robinson.

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