College is a pricey investment that many people chose to invest in. Not only are you spending thousands of dollars on education, but you also are spending a lot more on food, needs, wants, activities, and plenty of miscellaneous items. Furthermore, when you have student discounts being thrown at you every time you shop, it can be hard to not spend money, and it can be hard to know exactly what you should be saving money on. It is especially difficult when you just keep spending, without really tracking anything you are buying. By budgeting and tracking what you spend, you can save money and be able to prioritize what you truly need to spend your money on. I have found that budgeting has helped to calm my mind when I am spending money.
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Your first step is just to establish your financial goals. Make sure you set some realistic goals, and remember to keep everything organized in one place so it’s easy to find. If you think this may be a problem, then I do have another solution for you, and that is to try out the completely free app called Mint. Mint is an financial app that keeps track of everything in one place. You can connect your accounts to this app and it will show you how much you are spending, what you are spending on, and it will even help you create a budget for yourself. You can even put in a reminder for bills so that you don’t get any late fees. It will even give you your credit score for free. It is a highly trusted and secure app that millions of people use, and they have witnessed incredible savings.
Budgeting is a great way to Step Up in your financial goals and to save more and spend less. As a college student, it is important to be aware of the money that you have or don’t have.
Hello! My name is Olivia Thompson and I am 20 years old. I am currently a sophomore at Grand Valley State University and I am majoring in Film and Video while minoring in Music. A fun fact about me is that I can play all the instruments in a string orchestra, and have been playing the viola for nine years.