City living can be expensive, especially for students. Here are some tips to cut costs easily.
Published: Monday, November 9, 2009
Updated: Monday, November 9, 2009 02:11
Students have always had to look for ways to shave a buck or two off of their expenses. However, students need to be aware of their funds and how much they are spending every day. The Pocket Protector is here to help protect your wallet.
Many excellent restaurants and cafes surround Baruch. Most are great places to eat at, but many students underestimate how delicious and how cheap a home lunch can be.
For example, let's take supermarket produce. Let's say a student needs to provide themselves with lunch at school for 16 days out of a 28-day month. This is generous, of course, since many students spend five or six days a week in school. If students spend $5 or $6 a day on lunch, this comes out to at least $80 a month, assuming a student never spends more than $5, which is unlikely.
The meal you may want to make yourself may vary, but it will often cut your expenses drastically. I, for example, make myself sandwiches for lunch every day. Before, I was spending over $100 a month on lunch.
When I started buying supermarket ingredients for sandwiches with the works, I cut my monthly lunch expense to $40 on average.
If you can put together a light lunch from a wholesale source, like Costco, you will save even more pocket change.
To get even more creative, you can take up the culinary arts.
Find a few cookbook entries that you like, and you can eat well and in style for cheap. If you find yourself strapped for cash, spend a little time to pamper yourself and learn something new.
Besides, a homemade lunch is always made just the way you like it.
If you have ideas on how to save money share them with all of Baruch.
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