Money Management Tips

Managing Your Money
for Winter Break
By Lin Lawson, Student Service
In college comes life-lessons in money
management. But personal finance can be
easy, even if you’re just starting out. You
just have to know how it works. Now that
you’re on your own, you might be tempted
to spend money on all the things your
parents wouldn’t let you have before. Go
slow. If you play it smart, you can avoid
the sort of money troubles that plague
many young adults.
Money Managing Tips
Track your money. *** Once you realize how much
impulse buying and other indulgences cost you, it will
be easier to tell yourself "NO!"
Be careful. Going to the movies, riding the bus, or
even ordering pizza might cost less if you show your
student I.D. Check travel fares for student
discounts on bus and other commercial transit
services as well as student discounts when you need
to travel by air.
Money Managing Tips Cont.
Stay financially secure by using caution. ***
Don't give anyone your Social Security, credit
card, or bank account numbers unless you know
why they need them.
Never give a pin number to anyone!
Review credit card statements, bank statements,
phone bills, etc. for unauthorized use.
Avoid scholarship scams. Real scholarships never
charge fees and application information is
available and free to everyone.
Money Managing Tips Cont.
Keep only one or two major credit cards and use it
sparingly. Set your own credit line and don't charge
more than you can comfortably repay. Just because
you have a $2,000 credit line doesn’t mean you have
to spend $2,000
A budget is like a money diet. Just because you bust
it today, doesn't mean you can't start if again
tomorrow. If you go over budget this week, next
week commit to staying under budget.
Money Managing Tips Cont.
Make a personal budget based on your savings and income.
Round up your available cash including gift money (if
you're a recent high school grad), scholarship money,
student loans, summer job savings, and money from your
parents. You may want to designate types of money for
certain uses.
For instance: Think of student loans as an investment
in your education and your future. Use student loan
funds only to pay school expenses like tuition and
Use money from home for things like groceries and
phone bills.
Give yourself an allowance. Track your spending to find
where your money goes and then choose between your
wants and real needs.
Budget for a month at a time but set aside some time to
review your finances each week.
Money Managing Tips Cont.
Build an emergency fund. Save change in a piggy
bank or jar. Deposit $X.XX a week from paychecks
in a savings account when you cash your check.
Make bill paying easier by filing your bills by due
date. ***
Buy books when you need them. Compare online
prices with those at campus bookstores. Buy used
books when you can. Check bulletin boards and
school newspapers as well as used bookstores and
online used booksellers. ***
Money Managing Tips Cont.
 Get a money calendar. Any calendar with big windows
with room to write in amounts will do. Use the calendar
windows to note:
 Due Dates for scholarship and grant applications.
Missing an application deadline is the most common
mistake students make when applying for
 Upcoming school expenses (books and tuitions).
 Bill payment dates.
 Upcoming activities where you'll need cash.
(Movies, dances, parties, etc.)
Money Managing Tips Cont.
Put your roommate in your financial planning. If you
can, contact your roommate before the semester
starts and decide how you'll divide expenses.
Talk to your parents about who pays for what. Find
out what you can count on from them and what you
will be responsible for.
Ask for help when you need it. If you run into a
financial disaster, call home and let your parents
know you're in trouble. If an unexpected event
changes your home financial situation, don't give up
on school! First, talk with your financial aid office.
Most colleges set aside funds to help students get
through difficult situations. ***
Productive Winter Break
Last but not least, winter break is a good time to
start getting things together financially for the
spring semester. You should enjoy your break but
squeeze in some time now so you wont have to rush
when school starts up.
File your FAFSA: If you are returning to schoo
next fall, submit your FAFSA as early as
January 1st.
Check out:
Productive Winter Break Cont.
 Start a list of scholarships: This is a good time to
put together a Scholarship Tracking spreadsheet
that lists the name, deadline, and a way to track
requirements (such as essays, letters of
recommendation, or resumes). This will help you get
organized so you can complete applications and
submit materials much more quickly
Check out:
Productive Winter Break Cont.
 Save Money: Are you working over break? Did you
get some cash gifts as holiday present? If so, save
them so you have a good start when spring semester
starts; for emergencies or what not’s.
Check out: 10 Ways College Students Can Make Money
Over Winter Break
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 Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!!!: The
spring semester is always full of deadlines,
ceremonies, and goes much more quickly (or
seems to) than the fall semester. So take a
little time to enjoy your break!
Website resources for College students on
money management
Money management quiz
Now, lets see if you remember best ways to managing
money. Pick the best answers! Good luck. Answer key
is at the end 
1) If should you need help because you are struggling this month to
pay for groceries and phone bill. What should you do?
a) Work extra shifts at your work and do badly in school.
b) Ask your parents or friends for help.
c) Max out your credit card.
2) When tipping in a restaurant while on a budget. You should…?
a) Tip well even when the service is mediocre. You don’t want to
embarrass the server.
b) Tip lavishly because the waiter was cute
c) Tip in accordance with the quality of the service.
Money management quiz cont.
3) If you need money for next semesters classes.
a) Apply for a credit card
b) Apply for scholarships and grants
c) Apply for two different jobs so you will get two pay
4) As long as you still have money at the end of the week, you
don't really need to keep track of where you're spending
your money.
True or False?
Money management quiz cont.
5) When you get your bank statement via mail or email, you:
a) Check it over carefully
b) Give up trying to figure it out after a few minutes.
c) Toss it in a drawer and assume the company must be right.
6) If asked how much is in your bank account right now, you’d
a) “I am not sure of the exact balance”
b) “I have $XX.XX amount. Which is right on track with my
c) “I hope I didn’t bounce any checks this week”
Money management quiz cont.
7) After pulling an all-nighter studying for an exam, you need a
cappuccino to keep you awake for the test. The bank's
Web site shows that you have $25 left in your account.
You head to the coffee shop to purchase your cappuccino,
assuming the debit card will be declined if there are
insufficient funds.
True or False?
8) You have this big Lady Gaga concert coming up and a ticket
is $200 and you don’t have any money in your bank
account. But you have one credit card and the limit on the
card is $2,000 and you have already used $1,800. What
should you do?
a) Max out your credit card instead of saving that money
for real emergencies.
b) Borrow it from a friend but you have to give it back
when you get your next paycheck but your check is
only going to be $350 and you have to pay your bills.
c) Skip the Gaga concert for now. There will be more
Answer Key for Quiz 
1) B
2) C
3) B
4) False
5) A
6) B
7) False
8) C
The End!
Have a great Break!