The broke, hungry college student is an image that’s increasingly common on social media, television, movies and even in memes. And, as someone in college, I can say that it’s accurate. Most students have to stress about their wallets in addition to the semester’s worth of work they need to finish and all of the upcoming deadlines.

The rough part is, that lack of money can impact our ability to eat healthy. To fix that problem, sometimes we work more hours, which impacts the amount of sleep we can get and the effort we put into important assignments.

Before doing that, I suggest investigating when your money seems to vanish right in front of your eyes. A lot of the time, realizing what we’re actually spending our money on can do wonders.

Maybe you have a habit of eating out a lot or spending extra cash on name brand groceries. Maybe, like a lot of people, when you get invited out to do something you have a really hard time saying no, despite your wallet.

These aren’t always the case, but if any of these apply to you, it could be beneficial to work on budgeting out your days, weeks, months, etc. If you have a maximum amount of spending in mind you’ll be less likely to waste unnecessarily.

Budgeting and getting finances in order can be difficult, but the good news is ESU has a resource for it if you find you need help. SALTmoney.org is a resource which has a lot of information on budgeting and finances, as well as available scholarships.

None of this will make us rich, and it won’t solve all of the student issues involving money, but there’s a potential to take some of the stress out of the situation.

At the end of the day, there’s no quick fix for money struggles. With any luck though, getting that degree you’re working so hard for will make a difference with money in the future.

Until then, do your best to be conscious of where your money is going. Try to find a cheaper alternative to certain necessaries when you can, make a budget and remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can.

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