Freshman year it is the first time you are out of your house and away from your family. However, now as a freshman at Ohio University you have joined a new family whether you are aware of this yet or not, you are now a part of the Bobcat Family. We all know there are exciting small restaurants to try and even your new dorm roommate heard of exciting things happening on campus. One thing you begin to think of a few weeks after you have been dropped off is money.
The thing about it is we don't think about it until we have to, that is until we are running low or even out of money completely. Below are 4 steps to starting your own budget that we are going to pass on to you. By passing on this wisdom from your older bobcat family members we hope to help to know how to budget in order to have a fun next 3 very short years living at your new bobcat family home.
As college students, it is difficult to find time to shower, let alone eat! We are trying to live a triple life - school life, social life, and work life. Between all of these activities throughout the day, we often eat out or grab something quick uptown because it is convenient. I know that everyone has went for the 4 for $4 inbetween classes at some point this semester as well as grabbed their favorite bagel at Bagel Street Deli. I'm sure most of us have waited the 25 minutes for our Chipotle burrito at the 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm rushes - wait, every hour is rush hour. Let's face it, the food from restuarants also tastes better then what we can cook, but this food is not factored into our Shively bi-weekly paycheck.
I am the perfect example of this as I have spent hundreds of dollars this semester just on food! I am totally regretting this now and have decided to take a different approach for when my days are jammed pack. If dropping that much money on food isn't enough, Christmas is just around the corner, and I've promised my nephew a new sports jersey that is not cheap.
Game changer - What if we could cook delicious, quick meals in under 30 minutes? Well, we can! Cooking these meals saves money and calories, and you can use the leftovers for other meals throughout the week. Following these recipes listed below as an example and squeezing them into our schedules when going from Copeland to Schoonover all day can benefit us greatly. We can save our bank account, save calories, and still save the delicious taste we get from restaurant food.
According to studies done by companies like Grubhub and Bustle, pizza is consistantly among the top 10 most ordered foods on college campuses across the nation. Here in Athens, it seems to be no different. With over eight different pizza options within walking distance, and even more in the surrounding area, it's no secret that Ohio University students like their pies just as much as the next school. Being that there are so many options to get your pizza fix, I'm here to assist you with the same question that always pops up...Which one?!