I finished building my first desktop computer back in December, but I still need the ability to take my computer with me. A good reliable laptop isn’t cheap. I’ve come up with a few ways to save extra money to help me on my way to purchasing a new one.
What I’m Looking For
While I’m not sure which model I want, I do know that it needs to be lightweight and portable. My old laptop is much too heavy and big to conveniently carry around, so I’m looking for something with a screen of between 13-15″. Considering I’m an almost broke college student, my price range is under $400. With any luck, I should be able to purchase a new laptop before Christmas.
I currently own an HP and it’s been a very reliable machine, so I will most likely look at HP’s models first.
How I Plan to Save Money
Buying lunch can cost me anywhere from $5-$15. That adds up quick. Bringing leftovers will save me money during the day, and helps me from wasting food that might otherwise go bad in the fridge. Also, I can cook tastier and healthier meals for myself than takeout.
I bring my own coffee with me in the morning which saves me $2-$5, depending on what I would have ordered.
I also drink a lot of tea. Anywhere from 2-4 cups a day. Instead of buying tea, I bring a ceramic mug and my own tea bags from home. I can heat water up in a microwave and have a nice beverage all day long.
I keep track of the things that I am buying, through the Mobills Financial Manager app, which lets me track my bank accounts and expenses. This also help me from over drawing from my bank or overspending on my credit card. Looking at my spending habits from this month, I can see that 76 percent of my total expenses are on clothes (yikes). I bought new boots and jeans this month, which hopefully won’t be a recurring expense, but I am able to track my spending habits and plan ahead based on trends that I see.
Let’s say I buy a new pair of socks. They ring up to $1.09 at the cash register. I log them in as costing $2 cash and put the extra 91 cents into a piggy bank that I add up at the end of the month. The leftovers are usually small amounts, but they certainly start to add up after a while (my current piggy bank has $61.45 in it right now).