It’s no secret that college kids are a little frugal at times (with dang good reason!)
There’s this mind-set that takes over when you’re put on a budget that says “Be Cheap!” It’s like as soon as Mom and Dad quit supplying the shampoo and cereal, suddently generic becomes so appealing. I still haven’t sacrificed my Starbuck’s lattes or name-brand hair products but I’m always looking for deals when I go shopping now.
With that said, I have to confess something. I definitely have the “student-on-a-budget” attitude when it comes to meal-planning and shopping. That’s why, when my parents came up to my school to help me move in and stayed in a hotel, I took FULL advantage of the continental breakfast.
Not just by exploiting the waffle maker; I LOADED my purse up with goodies that I could take back to my dorm room. Including a ridiculous amount of single coffee creamers:
Really, I should be ashamed. That’s not all. They have single serve peanut butters, and you KNOW I am crazy about peanut butter. These were perfect on-the-go snacks. So naturally I snagged the jelly and cream cheese next to it. Why? I don’t know. The Inner Thrify College Kid came out in me!!
Now don’t judge me…after all, I did refrain from the cereal boxes and yogurts ;)My point is that while I maintain a healthy lifestyle, I’m still like any college kid who takes advantage of opportunities (especially those involving PEANUT BUTTER). Also, I always try to sneak some fruit with me from the school cafeteria on my way out. Hey, I haven’t had to buy bananas or apples in a week and judging from the dietary choices of my fellow cafeteria diners, I don’t think the fruit baskets were in high demand anyways. So now you know about my frugal alter-ego. And I hope we can still be friends ;)
I’d love to hear the most extreme thing you’ve done to save a buck!
Posted on September 4, 2012, in College, Dining Out, Real Life Stuff and tagged Budget, college, Confession, Dorm Room, Food, Freebies, Frugal, Money, Samples, Thrify. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.