THE HC TEAM WEIGHS IN: Summer Money Saving Tricks

It’s (almost) summertime, but for college students, the livin’ is not necessarily easy. Many collegiettes juggle unpaid summer internships with babysitting or a part-time job, not to mention socializing with high school pals, college friends and family.

While your college town may have cut college kids a break on some prices, that’s unlikely not the case at home — especially if your spending the summer interning in a big city. So the collegeittes at Her Campus are sharing their best money saving tips so that you can get back to school with a little dough in your pocket!

If at all possible, set up any summer paychecks you receive to go directly to your bank account. It's a lot easier to save when a check isn't sitting in your purse or wallet to tempt you!
- Sydney Nolan, Contributing Writer, Macalester College

Over the summer, I save money by substituting any and all expensive dinners out for potluck picnics. Who doesn't love potlucks? Who doesn't love picnics?! It’s not a tough switch to make.
- Kristen Pye, Contributing Writer, McGill University

Two words: Couch Surfing. Go places. Meet people. Experience hospitality in a new place.
- Jake Duhaime, HC Publicity, Emerson College alum

I split each paycheck three ways —"right now" money, savings account and travel fund!
- Rachel Crocetti, Campus Correspondent, Hofstra University

Summer usually means no classes, so take your newfound spare time and use it to thrift for outfits! Everything from jeans that can be made into studded high-waisted cutoffs to vintage designer finds can be purchased at a fraction of the price.
- Kenyatta Giddings, Campus Correspondent, University of Texas at Austin

Cara Sprunk has been the Managing Editor of Her Campus since fall 2009. She is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where she majored in American Studies with a concentration in cultural studies. At Cornell Cara served as the Assistant Editor of Red Letter Daze, the weekend supplement to the Cornell Daily Sun where she also wrote for the news and arts section and blogged about pop culture. In her free time Cara enjoys reading, shopping, going to the movies, exploring and writing.