As we go into this summer, your spending habits could be getting out of hand with more free time and endless weekend trips. Lucky for you, the Clog has some tips to ensure this summer doesn’t completely break the bank.
Budget your trips in advance
Summer can be the perfect time for weekend getaways. In order to not spend too much on travel, making sure to plan at least a few weeks ahead will help you save money. Buying plane and Amtrak tickets can be a lot cheaper if you do it beforehand. You can also try to plan where you want to eat out in the area you are visiting. The internet is your best friend! Look at menus online to estimate the general cost. Ultimately, though, you should make a budget and try your best to stick to it on your trip. That way, you don’t end up regretting how much you spent later on.
Eat more meals at home
Learning how to cook and make meals from home is the perfect way to spend your free time this summer. It will also help you save as a result of skipping out on takeout meals. You can even invite friends over to cook with you instead of doing it solo. Picture a night in with your roommates! This option works perfect when on a budget year-round. Cue the kitchen dance parties.
Treat yourself, but don’t go overboard
Sometimes summer can be stressful — especially for those with summer classes or internships. It’s important to treat yourself every once in a while, whether that be something small or a large item you’ve been wanting for a long time. It can easily go from just one treat to having over $100 worth of items in your online shopping cart, though. So, just make sure to indulge yourself in moderation. Personally, I typically limit myself to buying one item I want but don’t necessarily need per week.
Get a summer job
With the extra time you may have, might as well get a job. You can find yourself a job back home to help you earn money and even save up for the next school year. If you are still doing classes over the summer, you can try to take some odd jobs like babysitting or creating a small online business. It could also be a good way to gain work experience related to your major! We love some good resume fluff, right?
Do more free attractions with friends
There are a ton of free attractions you can experience with friends around the Bay Area. Instead of going to an expensive amusement park or arcade, go on a hike or to the UC Botanical Garden. Instead of going to the movies, you can have a nice movie night at home. The Berkeley Art Museum also has free admission for Berkeley students and changes its exhibits frequently! There are a ton of cheap things you can do with friends nearby, so you should definitely take advantage of them.
Well, that’s it! With these tips, you will be able to have an exciting summer without spending too much money. Your piggy bank will thank you for it later.