Financial freedom. Mmmm, I do love alliteration.
Before I get too sidetracked thinking about why I wasn’t an English major, let’s go ahead and focus on something a little more pressing…
…that elusive thing known as cash money.
Oh, you’ve heard of it? Maybe caught a glimpse of the green stuff before it was sucked out of your hands only to die an untimely death paying for student loans?
It’s okay. We don’t have to go there.
Instead, let’s talk about that recent Starbuck’s frapp that tasted SO. AMAZING. paired with that panini you also bought. Know what doesn’t taste so great? The fact that you just paid $12 DOLLARS FOR BRUNCH.
That’s highway robbery.
You told your best friend you couldn’t loan her $10 bucks, but man, that peppermint mocha was divine. Sound familiar?
Don’t worry, I’m not going to straight call you out. You don’t have to raise your hand. And you’re not alone.
Today, we are living in a world where $6 cups of coffee are the norm. We don’t buy CDs, we buy expensive concert tickets.
Those ripped jeans you just had to have even though they squeeze you so tight you’re concerned about the long-term implications for your spleen?
Ehh, not so much.
And with summer festivities in full swing, your bank account is seriously suffering. For my fellow bloggers, it can be even harder to learn how to save money while blogging and budget for necessary blog purchases.
Many twenty somethings today are financially clueless, with little to no idea of how to save money.
I was one of them. Rewind a couple of years back.
I had just graduated college. In addition to receiving my diploma, I also received money from relatives and friends.
I used a small fraction of this money to jump start my blog.
The rest? I saved it.
It sounds simple, I know. Wouldn’t it be great if life were actually like that?
But it’s not. Let’s move on.
Saving money requires some serious willpower and dedication.
Those $6 coffee splurges?
Eating out multiple times a week with friends? Mexican food isn’t that amazing. (Okay, okay. That was a lie. It is.)
If Starbucks or enchiladas aren’t your vice, I know that $30 gel mani didn’t pay for itself.
Life choices, people.
I read a great quote the other day that sums up most of my thoughts on this topic:
Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most. — Augusta F. Kantra
I had a choice to make.
Did I want to save money after college for the long haul, adequately preparing myself for future investments, such as putting more money into my blog?
Or was I going to be deterred by insignificant purchases here and there that significantly add up within a short amount of time?
Knowing how to save money and how to become a good steward of your finances is the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and becoming financially independent.
How to Save Money While Blogging as a Twenty Something
1 | Treat yo’ self…occasionally.
First things first. Literally. That morning brew that jolts you awake to start your day? You know, the one I’ve been harping about throughout this post so far? Yeah, it has to go I’m afraid. But only the expensive version. And only part of the time. You’re allowed to splurge on your favorite Starbucks order—just don’t get the venti soy latte every single day, girlfriend.
There’s no shame in downgrading, and Folgers never did anything to you. So give it a chance.
Apparently, it’s the best part of waking up.
All those other thoughtless yet extravagant purchases throughout your day? You don’t need ’em.
Who said you had to have that new desk from Target? (I know, I know…Target is a whirling vortex of endless happiness that sucks you in. It’s okay. Everybody succumbs at some point. It’s not your fault.)
Or those new kicks? Your others still had some kick left.
Bottom line: all the spending you’re doing now is putting your future financial independence in jeopardy.
For those of us who have become slaves to our Keurig, exchange the pricey pods for the normal coffee every once in a while. It won’t kill you. I don’t think.
2 | Don’t ghost your bank account.
Dude, I’m totally guilty of this, too. I need to listen to my own advice.
If you’re working, I know you have a checking account.
But do you know you have it?
It’s all fun and games pretending everything is fine and you have plenty of money in your bank account…
…until you can’t afford 97¢ tacos.
That’s a sad day for everyone.
Don’t give your bank account the cold shoulder like that one ex you never heard from again.
Don’t be that irresponsible. You’re a grown adult now, and yes, adulting is hard.
But keeping track of your money can and will save you a lot of headache and potential embarrassment down the road.
3 | Grow a savings account.
Say it with me: a savings account is %100 necessary.
A checking account alone just won’t do. You need somewhere to put any extra money from your paycheck so that you don’t spend it.
A savings account helps hold you accountable while you’re learning how to save money while blogging as a 20-something.
Plus, it’s pretty great watching that pile of cash steadily grow into something significant over time. Don’t touch it!
This little nest egg you’re building is for emergencies only right now.
4 | Make student loan payments your b****.
Oh, how we’d all like to forget. This is what my nightmare’s are made of.
I wish I were kidding.
If you have student loan debt to repay, your university should have provided you with some sort of system for repayment, whether through a bank, your school, a separate website, etc.
If you’re unsure how to repay your loans, you need to find this out as soon as possible. Don’t wait another day. Contact your school and get the necessary information from them.
From there, you should know exactly how much you will be paying per each installment. Write this down, as well as all other information associated with your student loans (e.g. frequency of payments, passwords). Keep all of this information in one place where you can easily find it.
To make things simpler, set up an automated process for paying off your loans. Have the correct amount automatically withdrawn from your bank account each month so that you never worry about forgetting and missing a payment.
Do the Dave Ramsey and pay off any debt as quickly as possible—it’s amazing how much of your finances are freed up once you’re finished paying off debt.
5 | Don’t try to keep up with your homies.
Your friend just pulled up in a new ride? A group of your college buddies are pooling their money to pay for a high-end vacation?
Let me explain something.
This has nothing to do with you.
How many times has your mom quoted this phrase, “Just because someone else does it doesn’t mean you have to”?
The same principle applies here.
Focus on yourself, not what your friends are buying. Chances are, they’re also going into debt, but nobody mentions that dirty little secret. Work hard and spend your money on what you can afford—and by all means treat yo’ self occasionally!
Living within your means is probably the most helpful (and valuable) piece of advice I can give you.
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