• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Budgeting Smart

There is only one more month before classes begin, and hopefully by now you have a chunk of money in the bank from the summer that you have been saving up to use during the school year. This is when many students start to get in over their head when it comes to finances, and it is from a false sense of security. There is no way that the money in your account could dwindle away quickly, so why worry about continuing to save?! Well, there are a lof of expenses that go along with school. While many of them can be covered by school awards and loans, there will still be other expenses for you during the school year, many of which you cannot even foresee. Remember that some of the expenses you will have for sure are:

-Books (which can range from $500-$1,000 dollars for the year)
-Parking permit (if you bring a car on campus, it is $100 for a pass)
-Gas (if you have a car)
-Monthly rent (if living off-campus)
-Cell phone bills

This doesn’t even take into consideration the other payments that most of us have to make…or the types of situations that can occur during the school year and drain you of money:

-Oil Changes
-Replacing Tires/ Brakes
-Needing to go to the Doctor
-Buying new clothes for events, internships, or field
-Registering for licensure exams or training sessions

However, there are ways to help save money in some of these departments. For example, when purchasing books for the school year, utilize secondhand resources such as Amazon, Ebay, or rental services provided on campus. When it comes to food, if you have a meal plan on campus, use it! Try to limit the amount of time you spend going out to eat or ordering delivery. Also, to save on gas, try to use public transportation or utilize carpooling when possible. This will also enable you to keep a nice parking spot on campus!

Most important of all is that, before coming to school (either for the first time or returning), be sure to look at the amount of money you are beginning the school year with and knowing your spending limits for each month you are there. Try to stay on track with your money, know your limitations, and be frugal. The less you spend now, the less you will have to pay back in the future!

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