8. Bring your Lunch to Work!
Getting lunch everyday with your co-workers can be great bonding and networking time, but for many working gals in big cities, this could put you out $10 to $20 daily. Instead, make your lunch the majority of the week and grab lunch with the office the other days. Or better yet, ask them to get it to go and go sit outside and have a picnic. You’re cooped up all day in the office, why sit inside a restaurant?
9. Involve your friends and family!
Let your family and friends know that you’re trying to be financially responsible over the summer. If you can, go home for family dinners and for your friends, suggest a potluck so everyone is splitting the cost. Likely, your friends are in the same position as you and would be happy to have movie night at someone’s house rather than spending $15 in the theater. If you find yourself missing out on things your friends are doing due to money troubles, don’t panic, but rather suggest fun things you can all do together that aren’t expensive.
10. Get a job!
Yes, you knew this was coming. Sometimes you need to get a job, or in some cases a second job. It sounds awful since you probably just came out of studying and taking finals, which we all know is a full time career on its own. But, search for something that would make you happy! Do you like working with kids? Look for a babysitting job or a camp counselor position. Is outdoors your thing? Offer to walk the neighborhood dogs or check out your local reservoir or even beach for open positions. Jobs don’t have to be awful and since most kids are working over the summer too, you’re likely to make new friends and have a great time.
Do you have any other advice for collegiettes looking to save some money this summer and still stay sane? Feel free to comment below or tweet at us: @HerCampusJHU!
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