As a full-time university student, it can be a challenge to try to save money for traveling. However, with some conscious thinking, I promise you it can be done!
Here are some helpful tips to help make your travel plans possible!
1. Cut out that drive-thru morning coffee
Now I’m not suggesting you cut out coffee all together…I swear us uni students would die without our coffee. Those $2-4 daily coffees may not seem like a huge expense, but when you’re spending that every day for months, the price definitely adds up. Get up five minutes earlier in the morning to give yourself time to make a cup of coffee at home to go!
2. Say no to uni food
Like coffee, the exact same rules apply for buying food at school. It is no secret that university food is way overpriced (as if they don’t take enough of our money!) Start bringing packed lunches and save your dollars!
3. Finding part-time work/side jobs
When you have a full course load, it’s definitely not a good idea to try to balance a big work schedule with a ton of classes, but you can try to find a healthy balance. Serving is a really great job to have in school as the shifts are rarely a full eight hours, and the extra tip money helps you save even more.
If you wanted to avoid part-time work, you can always look into doing smaller, temporary jobs. Dog walking or house sitting are really good options that don’t take up too much of your time.
4. Talk to your bank
Depending on who you bank with, sometimes they have cool programs linked to your savings account. For example, with my bank, I have it set up that every time I use my debit card, a dollar goes into my savings. It doesn’t seem like much, but it really adds up quick! Your bank may have a similar feature to help you get one step closer to saving.
Some banks even have cash back credit cards available! Definitely do your research and talk to your bank.
I hope those are some helpful tips to help you fellow university students save some money, and put that saved money to good use! University should not take away your travel dreams.
Do you have any of your own tips for saving money? Let me know in the comments below!