By Sam Horton, UBC student
Money is a common concern for students. If you havenâ€™t already felt the sting from paying tuition and student fees, you probably will. Consider these tips:
Categorize your expenses
- The necessary
- The helpful
- The fun
These are things that youâ€™ll need to spend money on. They include food, clothing, textbooks, study materials, bedding and shower supplies and laundry supplies.
These are things that you could consider buying, depending on your budget. They include a good umbrella, sturdy walking shoes, an alarm clock, basic cleaning supplies, a bicycle and a mini-fridge.
These are expenses you might consider on weekends or your time off. They include fee-based events, going to the movies, eating at restaurants, gym memberships, buying gifts for friends and family, or taking a trip to the ski hill.
Ways to save
- Get a job
- Track your meal plan
- Use a drying rack
- Choose cheaper
I wanted the security of a steady income stream, so I got a part-time job and it helped. Not only was I making money, I was working near home and the hours fit my academic schedule.
Many of my friends ran out of meal plan money before second term. I only just made it to February before I was tapped out. Use the Online Service CentreÂ to track your balance regularly.
I recommend investing in an inexpensive rack to dry laundry in your room. You’ll avoid extra trips to the dryer and save some serious money, too. Â Letâ€™s face it, the more you save on laundry, the more you have to spend on things that make you happy.
Fun activities will probably draw most of your cash, so consider your options carefully. Instead of going to the movie theatre, you could rent or download movies. And you probably donâ€™t need to eat at top-rated restaurants. There are plenÂty of cheap, decent eateries near campus. As for the gym, there are campus fitness facilities available and the UBC Bookstore offers exclusive student discountsÂ and savings events.