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What are some useful tips of spending money wisely for students?

Alexie Sauer
What are some useful tips of spending money wisely for students?


Spending money wisely is a skill that can be learned. It's not about being rich or poor; it's about being smart with your money so that you don't end up spending more than you need to on things that aren't going to give you any value in return. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to avoid this problem, but first let's take a look at some common mistakes people make when they're trying to spend wisely:

Pay your bills on time.

Paying your bills on time is a great way to save money. You should never ignore them, and it’s important not to put them off. If you need help paying your bill, try using a credit card instead of cash or checks. This can save you money in the long run because most banks charge a fee for each transaction made with their cards instead of making their customers pay for those fees up front (which would be much more expensive).

Avoid impulse buys.

The first step to avoiding impulse buys is to know what they are. An impulse buy is when you see something, and without thinking about it too much, you decide to buy it right away. This can be anything from a piece of clothing that catches your eye in the store window to an item at the grocery store checkout line that looks good enough for home use. 

In addition to knowing when you're likely to make an impulse purchase (which varies from person to person), there are ways of avoiding them and following good business spend management altogether:

  • Make sure your budget doesn't allow for them before going shopping! If there's no money left in your wallet after paying bills and buying groceries, then don't even think about buying those shiny new shoes with the red soles that were just released by Nike yesterday afternoon—they'll just add another charge onto their balance sheet next week if they end up being worth nothing more than plastic packaging material by next year (and who knows where else).

Don't buy things you don't need.

Don't be a slave to peer pressure. If you get invited to a party, don't buy something just because it's on sale or because everyone else is buying it too. You can always try something new later on when you're home and have time for yourself.

Do not let money control your life—it controls other people's lives! If someone invites you out for dinner, take them up on their offer instead of giving in just because they offered first (they might ask again).

Stop using credit cards.

Credit cards are not free money, and they're not your friend. When you use a credit card, the company that issued it makes money off of you in two ways:

  • First, they charge fees for using the card (usually around 2 percent). This is called interest and can add up over time if you don't pay off your balance every month.
  • Second, when you make purchases with a credit card and pay off the balance in full each month, most banks will give an incentive—a reward—for doing so. These rewards vary from bank to bank but can include cash back on purchases or other prizes like free flights or hotel stays. The amount of these rewards depends on how much money is left on your account when it's paid off at the end of each billing cycle (or "period").

Slow down and consider each purchase carefully.

  • Consider the cost of the item. Before you buy something, make sure that it's worth your money and time.
  • Consider the cost of the item over time. If you use an item regularly, think about how much more you'll have to spend on replacement parts as time goes on.
  • Consider whether or not you really need it. If there are other options available that will do just as well (and less expensively) for what you want to do with it, then don't worry about saving a few dollars here or there when buying something new—just choose wisely from among all possibilities!


The takeaway is that you should always be able to afford what you're buying. If you can't afford it, and there's no way around it, wait until your finances improve or look for a cheaper option. If this isn't an option and there's no other way out of the situation, try putting your purchase on credit card—that way at least some of the money will come back as interest!


The most important thing is to spend wisely. This is not a matter of spending less, but rather of spending with an eye on the future and giving yourself time to enjoy life. You can do this by doing some research on how much you think you need each month or year, then calculating the amount you must save each month or year to reach your goal.

Alexie Sauer
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