A phrase I remember best from childhood is “Money doesn’t grow on trees!” I couldn’t quite understand why my mom would not buy me a new Barbie, a new board game or a new bicycle every time we visited Target. It wasn’t until I moved out and started college that I realized that statement I use to question as a kid actually rings very true. When I started paying for classes, books, rent and supporting my coffee addiction, the “money tree” at the end of the month ended up looking more like an oak tree in the winter, clinging to its last leaves.
After scrapping the bottom of the barrel to make ends meet, I decided there has to be ways to stretch my money without having to choose between eating or paying rent. Through my own personal experiences as well as tips I have learned from others, I have learned to support myself financially without missing out on trips, shopping or my daily latte from Starbucks.
In this blog, I hope to share ideas that can help college students or new adults stretch their dollars. I mean, who says we can’t live large on spare change?