Student Budget: Expectations vs. Reality

by Writer Life Adore writing & reading

Going to college doesn’t just mean the cost of tuition that schools tell you up front. It’s a mix of many different things, all of which cost money. Your costs will change by where you choose to attend school and how much you spend on general expenses, but when you learn how much you’ll have to spend, you’ll be able to plan for the future more easily.

To figure out what you'll spend each term, keep these school related costs on your radar: 

  • Textbooks and school supplies. Course materials could gobble up a huge piece of your financial limit. The normal assessed cost of books and supplies for in-state understudies living on grounds at open four-year organizations in 2016-2017 was $1,250, as indicated by the College Board. Additionally plan for buying notepads, a workstation, a printer and a knapsack, and read the do's and don'ts of class kickoff looking for money-saving tips. 

  • Food and Room. With regards to nourishment and living courses of action, gauge your choices. Think about the typical cost for basic items on grounds and getting a feast plan as opposed to leasing a loft and looking for food supplies. 

  • Transportation. Will you take a transport, bicycle or stroll to and from grounds or work? On the off chance that you totally need a vehicle, be set up to cover gas, upkeep and protection. 

  • Clothing. Budget for seasonal clothing and job-fair outfits. 

  • Optional spending. You merit a break from considering. Leave room in your financial limit for no particular reason stuff like stimulation, travel and social exercises.

The challenge for college students is not making a budget; it’s sticking to it. The basic principle of budgeting is to never spend more money than you make. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting buried in debt that might be difficult to fill. Start by figuring out how much money you have and which college costs are fixed. These are numbers that shouldn’t change much over the span of the school year. Once something has been budgeted for, you’ll be able to spend that money without feeling guilty. Many people even say they find "extra" money after they create a realistic budget and stick with it. How amazing is that? 

Here are top-3 budgeting tips that can help you:

1. Budget to zero before the month begins.

This means before the month even starts, you’re making a plan and giving every dollar a name. It’s called a zero-based budget. Now that doesn’t mean you have zero dollars in your bank account. It just means your income minus all your expenses (outgo) equals zero.

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2. Every month is different.

Some months you’ll have to budget for things like back-to-school supplies or routine car maintenance. Other months you’ll be saving for things like vacations, birthdays and holidays. Regardless of the occasion, make sure you prepare for those expenses in the budget. Don’t let these special occasions sneak up on you. (Hint: Christmas is in December again this year, guys!)

3. Start with the most important categories first.

Giving and savings are at the top of the list, and then comes the Four Walls—food, shelter and utilities, basic clothing and transportation. Once your true necessities are taken care of, you can fill in the rest of the categories in your budget like hobbies, additional needs in the university, travelling.

All you need to do is make a list of all the things you would put in a normal budget (giving, saving, four walls, etc). Then ask yourself, If I had a horrible month and I only had enough money to do one thing on this list—what would that be? Put a "1" next to that item. Then list your second priority and go on through your budget that way, marking items by importance. Be sure to take care of the necessities first. That way when you do get paid, you know exactly where your money is going.

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