Friday, June 28, 2013

How to Not Look Broke: Part One

This is why we can’t have nice things. Most college students usually work minimum wage jobs, especially college students with no to little work experience. Constantly being reminded that you can't afford certain things shouldn't hold you back when it comes to your personal life.

 If you work your way through college, don't feel like your only options are to hide in a cave until you can pay off your student loans. Nobody wants to be the friend that always flakes and nobody wants to invite the friend that you know will always say no. 

1. Quit saying you're broke. 
Constantly complaining because you have less money in your bank account than your niece has in her piggy bank or telling people that you can't hang out because of your nonexistent funds is not an attitude you want to keep. Your friends are inviting you because they want to spend time with you, what you do is irrelevant.  

If you cannot afford to go to the movies with your friends, suggest watching something classic at somebody's house. To offset concession food: if you can make some killer nachos, ask someone to provide the ingredients and knock everyone's socks off. Make suggestions for something alternative. If there is no alternative, take a rain check, schedule for another time, but don’t complain that you’re broke.

2. Reduce your check. 
You said you'd go out to eat with your friends, but you don't think you'll be able to afford the expensive entrees.

Eat before and split a large appetizer with someone. Most restaurants have sampler options that offer many small portions of their appetizers (or share a huge order of frozen custard). Splitting that with someone will still show that you're into sharing in communion with your friends while keeping your part of the check on the light side. 

3. Take care of your hair.
You know you need a haircut when you can see all the dead ends. Rocking an “I haven’t showered in a fortnight” look isn’t an option if you want to be taken seriously.

Take time and effort to make sure your hair stays healthy and shiny; don’t dry it out or damage it and take your daily multivitamins (before you take anything, please speak to a doctor about it). The better care you take of your hair, the less money on expensive haircuts you'll spend. An added plus, you'll have healthy hair that looks regularly maintained. 

Part Two coming next week.


adolfo hernandez said...

I actually read this and came to my senses that what you said here is actually true.

Anonymous said...

Wow. As an alumni, this has to be the most detailed analytic blog piece I have seen since reading this blog. I come on here every now and again, but I am definitely blown away by how informative this is. I wish I had this back in 2009 as a freshman!

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