Have fun with your friends, without going broke. Learn how to save money and have a social life.

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A new move and living arrangement means meeting new people and making new friendships. New friends also mean new social engagements and reasons to go out and enjoy each other’s company. Birthday celebrations, taco Tuesdays, Game of Thrones Winterfell Wonderland theme parties—you name it—there will always be a chance to entertain yourself in college. No matter if you’re more of a homebody who likes to stay home curled up with a good Netflix binge, or the life of the party whose weekends are occupied with coming up with new party theme ideas, a new social life comes with having to watch your spending habits.

Here are some “need” or “no need” social life tips that can get you to prioritize your spending habits, yet still able to contribute to the emergency-pizza-delivery-fund.

Need: A job

Let’s face it: if you want to take that weekend trip to Vegas or check out that new food truck that’s parked down the street from your dorm you need the funds to make it happen. To obtain such funds, one needs a job. Not saying that you didn’t know that already, but just to reiterate the importance of this rule: a job will lead to so many opportunities, both in financial freedoms and social occasions. Plus there’s nothing more invigorating than obtaining a check with your own name on it. What’s more liberating is the fact that you can spend your hard earned money on whatever you choose. Whether you contribute your paycheck to your savings or cash it all one time on your Spring Break, the options are available at your fingertips because the money belongs to you and you alone.

No need: To attend every function

If you’re a social butterfly, the need for social candor is understandably important to you. Considerations must be taken into account, however, before you say “yes” to every new party invitation. Of course if your roommate is inviting you out for their birthday, it may be rude to decline the person who shares the same living quarters as you. If your roommate is open to suggestions for their birthday celebration, recommend a matinee movie then a potluck party at the dorm with nearby hallmates. You’re more than likely not the only one watching their budgets while in college so your guests will be happy to contribute. However, if it’s your roommate’s best friend’s cousin’s birthday—who’s about to study abroad in Greece for a year—and they’re collecting $20 from everyone to have an epic toga party send off in their honor…don’t feel bad to decline. You’re the one having to come up with the funds for your time in college, not the people who invite you to the parties. They don’t know any better whether or not you can afford to attend so the best you could do is say “thank you for the invite” and respectfully decline. If you feel as if you need to explain yourself, just say that you already had “set plans,” which isn’t far from the truth. Your plan is to set your time and money wisely. No one can argue with that.

Need: Free time fun

You’d be surprised how many activities exist out there that don’t require you to shell out a single penny. Even spending money on gas to get you there may even be taken out of the equation as college students usually get a price break or completely free modes of public transportation. Here are some free and inexpensive activities to try if you and your squad are itching to save some cash:

  1. A Frisbee tournament at the beach
  2. A potluck at a public park
  3. Take turns hosting a game night
  4. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
  5. Find a local hiking trail to venture on
  6. Visit your local library and take advantage of their free WiFi
  7. Visit a free museum or zoo
  8. Gather up some fitness buffs and create your own bootcamp challenge
  9. Host a card game party
  10. Attend a free community class

Options for cheap and free activities are out there. All you need is some proactive planning and a bunch of friends to share the memories with.

No need: To keep up with social media posts

It’s easy to browse through Instagram or Snapchat and get sucked into comparing what you’re doing at that very moment with those on screen. Most people are not ordering lobster for breakfast or vacationing on a yacht (unless you’re Selena Gomez), they just want you to think that they do. Don’t buy into the fad that comes with filter options and hundreds of retakes to get the perfect shot. Those whom you call your friends are more than willing to just spend some quality time with you rather than having a reason to Instagram about it. Besides, spending an actual moment of bliss with your friends is worth more than a thousand showboat selfies.