Live Simply, Save Money

Want to Save Money? Live like a College Student

Many recent college graduates fall into a financial trap of immediately upgrading their lifestyles once they get a job. They get a nice apartment (or buy a house) and buy or lease a new car. They buy a lot of expensive clothes and start eating at restaurants every day. As tempting as it may be to start living a more lavish lifestyle once you’re out of college and finally have a “grown-up” paycheck, that first paycheck often doesn’t stretch as far as you might expect.

Here are a few easy ways for new college grads (or people of any age) to save money by “living like a college student.”

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Get Great Furniture on the Cheap at Craigslist

Cheap (and Chic!) Furniture by Craigslist

It’s finally happening. You’re moving out of your parents’ house for college and getting your first apartment. Or maybe you’re tired of living with roommates and have managed to scrape together enough cash to get your own place. Or perhaps you’re upgrading from renting to buying.

Whatever the situation, chances are after paying for the place itself, your funds are going to be a little low, which is going to make shopping for furniture tough. You might think places like Target would be great for furniture bargains, but a lot of their stock is as much, if not more than Ikea!

So where are you going to find better deals than Ikea and Target? Craigslist. We explain.

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Being a Foodie Doesn't Have to Cost a Lot!

Foodie Fun on a Budget

Anyone can be a foodie. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be a “food snob.” It doesn’t mean you have to give up indulging in McDonald’s or enjoying a bag of Cheetos. It just means that you not only like food, you’re interested in it. You want to know more about what you are eating. You want to discover new tastes. And maybe most of all, you want to eat good food!

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