Roadmap to Happiness
Students often have to figure out how to live frugally and happily at the same time. If you have the same issue to solve, you may need sever pieces of advice. Below, you will find guidelines on how to lead a happy student life.
Respect Savings Account
There always is a temptation to take money from the savings account. If you are one of those people who always say, “I will make up for that later,” stop doing it! When you respect your savings account, you make smart purchasing decisions and ask yourself whether it is reasonable to buy everything you want to. Think well, maybe, if you do not buy the new dress, you will feel much better at the end of the week.
Cook at Home
Usually, having a busy lifestyle presupposes no opportunity to cook at home. Sure, it may seem that it is easier to go to the restaurant near your college or home. However, if you are honest with yourself, you will agree that it is better to immerse yourself in a cookbook trying out new recipes instead of taking money from your savings account. This way, you will not only save your money but also cook healthy food that will have a positive effect on your body.
Get Enough Rest
Take up a good habit to get your work done until you cannot use the sun as a natural source of light. During winter months, you can let yourself use some lamplight. But when the days are longer, you will not have any excuse. After the sunset, you may spend time cooking a dinner, reading books, watching favorite TV shows, or simply go to bed earlier. Eventually, this habit will lead to earlier wakeups and improve your health. Moreover, it will prevent you from coming late to morning classes.
Set Goals and Stay Patient
Of course, this is often easier said than done. It requires much patience to turn down those weekly invitations to the bar with mates or to stop visiting your favorite sections at Forever21 and Macy’s. But you can take several days to reward yourself with the vacation you have been missing out the entire year after the end of the semester.
Refuse Going to the Clearance Section
If you need shopping, avoid clearance sections. You hardly need the replica of that skirt you have not worn for two years. Wear your clothes until you are no longer sure whether that sweater was originally green or gray. This is one of the most useful pieces of advice for saving money in college.
With these simple recommendations for a happier student life, you will just begin your new life path. You will notice that your daily and weekly plans significantly change as you will have to weigh options and sacrifice “instant happiness.” However, you will become more creative concerning time management, shopping, studying, and even eating, which will lead to the long-term happiness.