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A Good Way of Budgeting

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1 month ago
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A friend sent me a message asking if I can post her article here, and I said yes because I do not have anything to post today. I always told her to just make her own na lang, but I don't know what's on her mind. Anyway, it is about budgeting. She is renting in a dormitory because her hometown is somewhat far from the university we are studying at.


How to Budget: College Edition

I remember how excited I was to enter college. A new life, a new beginning, and a new environment – everything was so exciting. It felt thrilling to be able to live away from where you used to live. You won’t have your parents nag and restrict you from going out and you do not need to feel conscious of the people that know you in your town. Everything is new and it feels like the start of a new life 

But, the excitement does not last forever.

Living away from parents in a dormitory while having to worry about your studies and finances was not the new life you have imagined. It was stressful and scary. You cannot rely on anyone but yourself and you have to make meet ends. Yet, I tried my best to manage.

Living alone does not mean you can just do everything you want. You need the discipline to spend the limited resources you have properly.

What helped me get through college and its deadly finances was budgeting.

Yes, budgeting, and adulting thing. Like a college dorm girl, I have to budget to survive. How did I do that?

Create a budget plan. Hassle, it may be. But, a plan will help you sort out some future obstacles early on. A budget plan is simple. You just have to list all your expenses within a time period, maybe for a week of for a month and list your total funds or money. These expenses should be kept within the funds you have and there you have it, a budget. 

You can list categories like food, fares, school supplies, and other expenses you might incur. Be careful not to be too specific with details like identifying food items like bread with their prices. You might allocate a specific fund for the food category which leaves no contingency. Remember you need to allocate extra money on some categories in case of unexpected expenses. Allocating exactly as you think you need can be dangerous.

List only the expenses for what you really need. Your funds are limited. Especially when you’re in college, you might be only relying on your parents. I was not from a rich family and I have to make sure that my expenses would not exceed my allowance. We should not always give in to our wants but focus on our priorities.

In case when your listed expenses are too much for your funds, you can adjust some things during your budget plan. You can adjust some things if possible like these following:

  • Cut down a little on your recreation and entertainment activities that may cost you too much. Since college is such a busy life, it would not only save you money but time also

  • Avoid expensive bad habits or vices like cigars and alcohol. 

  • Make sure to choose food and beverages that do not cost you so much. Drinking water rather than buying expensive drinks can help. I always bring with me a jug of water when going somewhere. It is also helpful when you cook your own meals if you have time. Buying outside costs more than you think.

Follow your budget plan. A budget is nothing if you have no discipline to execute it. Remember your priorities. I have experienced having shortages because I was not being careful. These things listed below helped me to become better at managing my finances.

  • Always monitor your expenses. Record them and check your funds regularly. Keep yourself in check.

  • You do not always need to go when your friends invite you out. Decline politely and say you have something to do. Eating out is expensive and can destroy your plan. You can go as long as you have budgeted an amount for it. But going again when it is against your budget is a no-go.

Save a little from your allowance.  As much as possible, set aside even a small amount for your savings. It will help you during emergencies. It may also be a way for you to earn for your wants.

Closing Thoughts

College is not easy. But it is a preparation for the time you will be really alone. It is training you to become independent. Let’s do our best to learn about life during our college years but also take time to enjoy.

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Sana yung anak ko ganyan mag isip kapag mag ka college na , sa ngayon nasa grade 8 palang siya pero I know darating yung time na mag kolehiyo kasi mabilis lang yung panahon.

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1 month ago

"A budget is nothing, if you don't have the discipline to execute it". I really like this line

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1 month ago

That is a powerful line, indeed.

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1 month ago

Di ako nakapag experience ng ganito kase di naman ako naka tongtong kolehiyo hehehe peru believe ako sa mga mag aaral na kayang mag budget. Hays God bless all of you, guys. Keep it up.

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1 month ago

God bless you rin po. :)

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1 month ago

I agree with all of these things. I once live in a boarding house alone during my 1st year and second year college and I must still that it is really not easy. You gotta learn how to budget your allowance an deven multiply it. It may feel good at first because you are finally free, but the responsibilities are actually waving at you 🤣

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1 month ago

Noon talaga gusto ko mag aral sa malayo sa bahay tapos maga bored nalang. Gusto kk kasi maging independent na. Saka sa totoo lang mas gusto ko din malayo sa kanila para maiwasan ang araw araw nilang nagging aigoo. Pero mas lamang talaga yong para matuto akong tumayo sa sarili kong paa. Kaso di nangyari ee. Ang nangyari pa, malapit lang ang Pup samin mga 5 minute walk kaya ayon. May mga kaklase ako na nagbobored at sila ang magpapatunay na struggle is real pag ganyan

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1 month ago

I’m also in the University It’s not easy at all dear At times you’d face stress from different lectures It’s so tiring

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1 month ago

Thanks for writing this It will help us to monitor our expenses Thank you

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1 month ago

No estuve en una universidad pero si en la secundaria que en mi época era igual. Así aprendí a economisarme y salir adelante. Linda tarde te deseo lo mejor de este mundo salud y prosperidad para ti y tu familia besos y abrazos desde Cuba

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1 month ago

I wish you the best of this world also, including health and prosperity!

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1 month ago

With your article, I remembered my student days and dormitory days, I spent exactly the same days, the same experiences, I even walked all the way to university every day to reduce my expenses so as not to pay for transportation, and It made me very fit at that time because of that it was the golden age of my physically life... 😄

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1 month ago

It's really the golden age of everyone's life. Efforts and sacrifices are really worth it after graduation, passing the board, and getting a job. :)

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1 month ago

Thank God natapos din ako sa ganyan! Hirap pag wala din nagsusupport sa tf baon pamasahe project mo as in kayod galore ka lang. Sa awa ni Lord nakatapos din hehe

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1 month ago

That's good to hear po. Buti na lang free na ang tuition ngayon sa mga state u's.

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1 month ago

Buti kayo nakapag University hehe. Ako napilitan mag private kasi sa place ko ngayon only graduate ng highschool na taga Caloocan lang pwede makapasok sa University yun priority mehehe pero oks na natapos na naman na hahaha

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1 month ago

Sa probinsiya po kasi namin may state u na open naman for all yata kasi may mga taga-cagayan pa at ibang provinces.

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