Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, Franklin, McKinley, Cleveland, and Madison. Now, what do all of these historical figures have in common besides the fact that they’re all white and dead (#RIP)? Duh, they are all faces of dollar bills. This week is…drumroll please…Money Week here at the Rival, so let’s talk about ca$h (or lack thereof).
I am one of the cheapest people ever, and I’m not that ashamed to admit it. I was raised to save money in all possible situations—whether it be at a grocery store, restaurant, or local Target—thanks to my extreme couponer of a mother. My mom carries along a bag overflowing with coupons wherever she goes, and she has been known to return things my siblings purchase for full price and re-buy them with coupons (*queue countless eye-rolls from cashiers and salespeople*). While this kind of penny-pinching just isn’t worth it for some people, I’ve actually grown to love bargain hunting. There are so many text alerts, student discounts, and coupon-laden websites that require little to no effort to sign up for. It probably isn’t healthy for me to have a literal heart palpitation after spending more than $25 on a dress last week (I blame you again, Mom!!!), but it is undoubtedly important to be aware of where your money is going and to refrain from excessive impulse buys. In my opinion, any step closer to becoming a less broke college student is a good step. I know I’m not alone when I admit that Ubers and cover fees are sucking the life out of my bank account.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t splurge every once in a while (or every day, if you’re a Kardashian or something). In my opinion, some experiences are definitely worth splurging on. I usually only buy material goods at discounted prices, since I’d rather have a lot of cheap things than a few expensive ones, but I’m so down to spend money on Lollapalooza tickets (four days this year is $335) or a flight to Texas for the UT vs. ND game ($400). Ok, spoiler alert: I’m doing both of these things in 2016. I’ve never regretted spending money on concert tickets or airplane tickets in the past because I’ve made such fond memories with friends and family from these experiences.
College has definitely taught me how to handle money more responsibly, but that’s not to say that I don’t find myself buying random things on Amazon every once in a while. The other day I was so close to buying a seven-pound container of animal crackers, so it’s safe to say I still haven’t really mastered the whole money thing yet. At least I had the self-control to click out of the PayPal before I actually entered my card information (*pats self on back*).