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Are you having a hard time getting through this semester, even though it’s only February? Is the winter bumming you out? No fear! Spring break is right around the corner. If you haven’t planned something for spring break, now’s the time. Are you worried about money, though? Start saving up money for your break with these easy tips.

Only use cash:

It’s hard to only use cash, but you will most definitely spend less if you are not swiping your debit card. Using a debit or credit card makes you feel like you have limitless money. It’s also harder to keep track of what you’re spending money on when you only use a card. By using cash, you’ll be stricter with yourself. You’ll also be able to see what you are really spending money on, and you’ll be able to make wiser choices and see if you need to cut down your spending.

Stick to a budget:

If you make a strict budget for yourself, chances are you’ll stick to it, especially if you have a particular event you’re saving up for. It’s hard to make a budget and stick to it, but you can practice your self-control and the end results will be worth it! It’s important to know how to handle your money and learning how to budget will serve you for many years to come.

Cook your own meals:

This simple task will save you more money than expected. Going out to eat often can be very expensive and does add up. Cooking for yourself is also healthier and it’s important to improve your cooking skills! Try cooking dinner every night with your friends and roommates; this way, you’ll be saving a ton of money, eating healthier, and catching up with friends to see how their day was.

Get rid of unnecessary spending:

Don’t spend money on things you don’t really need. Decide what your true requirements are and stick to that. If there are unnecessary things you are dipping into your savings for, get rid of them! It’s only for a few more weeks. There’s no reason you need to spend $5 on Starbucks daily or take yourself out to lunch every day. That small amount of money you’ll be saving will really help you out.

Start a piggy bank:

I bet you haven’t thought about piggy banks in years. You’d be surprised how much money you can save, though. Stick all of your loose change in the piggy bank and cash it a few days before spring break, and you’ll have some extra cash! Even put a $1 bill in there once in a while.

Ask for some extra hours at work:

Whether you have an on-campus job or not, working longer hours is certainly tiring. However, putting in some additional time can also bring in a lot of extra money. Ask for an extra hour or two here and there – the extra money will add up quicker than expected.

Spring break can be a lot of fun and an experience that you will remember for years and years to come. But spring break can be expensive and can burn a hole in your pocket. Don’t fret; by following these steps, you’ll have some extra and be able to truly enjoy your time off. Commit to saving some money and your spring break will be worth it!

Where are you going for spring break?