Ah, college living. Welcome to the life of Ramen, Groupon deals and at-home-manicures.
Attending school in a city, I have a lot of unforeseen spending like cab fares and impromptu coffee stops. Here are some tips on how to maintain a livable and realistic budget when you start school:
Eat at the dining hall. Dining halls don’t get enough credit. They are the best way to save at least $25 a week on one of the biggest areas of spending for college kids – food. To make a mundane cafeteria meal more fun, plan a dinner with your friends. If and when you do go out, get a doggy bag – great late-night snack or lunch the next day!
Stay in. It’s the seventh Friday of the semester and you and your friends are getting ready to cab your way ($6 each way per person) [...]