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New College Students Should Learn How to Set--and Stick to--a Budget

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FOR COLLEGE-STUDENTS LIVING ON THEIR OWN FOR THE FIRST TIME, MANAGING MONEY CAN BE AN ADVENTURE.  UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S NO COLLEGE-COURSE ON "HOW TO HAVE FUN WHILE BEING FRUGAL"--AND MANY STUDENTS FIND THAT STICKING TO A BUDGET ISN'T AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS.  YET, KNOWING A FEW MONEY-SAVVY TRICKS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE--ACCORDING TO MILWAUKEE-BASED "NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL".  THE FIRST STEP TO BUILDING A BUDGET THAT ACTUALLY WORKS IS BEING HONEST WITH YOURSELF, ABOUT ALL OF THE WAYS THAT YOU SPEND MONEY.  YOU SHOULD MAKE TWO LISTS: ONE FOR ESSENTIAL "MUST-HAVES"--LIKE RENT, FOOD, AND BOOKS; AND ONE FOR NON-ESSENTIAL "NICE-TO-HAVES"--LIKE MUSIC-DOWNLOADS AND LATTES.  THEN, COMPARE YOUR INCOME WITH WHAT YOU SPEND--IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO COVER IMPORTANT OBLIGATIONS.  IF YOU'RE SPENDING MORE THAN YOU'RE BRINGING IN, LOOK FOR WAYS TO STILL ENJOY THE THINGS THAT YOU LOVE--WHILE SAVING MONEY:  FOR EXAMPLE, YOU CAN BREW A LATTE AT HOME FOR UNDER A DOLLAR--COMPARED WITH SPENDING FOUR DOLLARS TO BUY ONE.  FOR MORE BUDGETING-TIPS AND -TOOLS, VISIT "THE-MINT-GRAD"-DOT-ORG.


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