The thought popped into my head when I was walking to college today that I haven’t bought anything online since mid-March. So? Well the fact is I do tend to buy quite a few clothes online, not huge expensive things but small items and they add up.
So I began a detox. The first step was to note down everytime I bought something, its price and the date. This meant I could keep an eye on how much I am spending rather than thinking oh it is just £15. At the same time, I began to reduce the amount of time spent on shopping websites. Oh I know they can be tempting, with their bright big student discounts end of month sales. The way to avoid falling into their evil trap is to simply ignore the barrage of emails that attack your inbox daily. USC, River Island, Topman, LaRedoute; they will always find any excuse to hold a ‘sale.’ This Easter, I shook my head in disgust when I received emails from three different shops with the corny line: Eggtastic offers! Clearly as well as learning the defenition of a sale, they also need to brush up on their marketing.
At the end of the day, no one can teach you how to save your money unless you have some level of self-control. This can mean just taking the bus instead of the train as it will save you £1.40 or waiting half an hour till you get home to eat rather than buying a sandwich. What could help is using the depressing fact that your boss hasn’t given you a pay rise as a tool to say no to your whims and desires. This means attaching the value of time as well as money to an item. So if you want to buy something that is around £6 (Or around $10) then think, is this worth an hour of my hard work?
Keeping to a budget can be fustrating at times so when you do decide to treat yourself, make sure it is an excellent and long-lasting treat. What would make me most happy is if I did not have to save up for university. Of course I would still spend responsibly but the weight of this concern would not be a drag on my spirits and at the forefront of my mind.
Until next time,
A Worried Student