1// Make a list of all of your expenses: This includes groceries, gas, and even clothing that you buy every month. Estimate how much you spend each month by looking back to what you've spent over the past couple of months.
2// Make a list of all of your income and savings: If you're like me, some semesters you're going to have to take more out of your savings than others. Look at your expenses, and look at what you may have going on each month. Also, think about how much you're willing to deplete your savings per semester, and how much you make during the summer and breaks to increase it.
3// Subtract your expenses from your income/savings: This is how much you have a month to spend, if you have a negative number than you need to cut back somewhere.
4// Once you have your number: If you can, try and add $20 or more dollars to your savings account so that you have some rainy day money. Remember your budget the next time your decide to go out or buy that expensive pair of shoes.
5// Use an app: I use Mint to keep track of my finances. I set budget limits there, and it helps keep me honest!
6// Don't neglect savings: I had to save for a year for my study abroad trip. Now I'm saving for my first post-grad apartment! Learn how to save now, it'll help in the long run!
-Think about how you are spending your clothing budget. I tend to buy investment pieces that I know I'm going to wear a lot, and for awhile. I don't have a problem waiting for a sale to come to buy that piece. I also know that I'm going to want some more fashion pieces, but I will only spend so much on them.
-Car pool, take public transportation or walk in order to save money.
-Opt for nights in with friends at least once a week instead of going out.
- Go to free campus events for (free food) entertainment.
-Take advantage of student discounts on tickets, clothing and admissions.
- Prioritize what you find important, if you don't know yet then look where you're spending your money.
If you're looking for more in-depth budgeting tips, check out Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together... Finally. I'm reading it right now, and it's been really great!
What do you do to save money? How do you keep track of your budget?