Spring Break on a Student Budget

CU Denver Admissions

You’ve worked hard all year and summer just isn’t coming fast enough. Spring break is the perfect opportunity to put your studies aside and have some fun! We want you to stay safe and have an awesome break without maxing out your credit cards. Here is a list of 5 tips to help you stay within your budget.

1. Road Trip
Flying is pretty expensive for a college student on a budget. If you’re planning on going somewhere within the country, grab a few friends and road trip! Splitting gas expenses will save everyone money and nothing is more fun than touring the country with some of your closest friends.

2. Stay in Colorado
…or at least the country.
Sure it would be cool to brag about your trip to Jamaica, but wouldn’t it be nicer to have that extra cash to spend somewhere closer? Although we don’t have any sunny beaches here, Colorado is a hot spot for tons of outdoor activities. If you’re looking for something warmer, flying down to Florida is cheaper than leaving the country to head somewhere like the Caribbean.

3. Use Cash
A lot goes into planning the perfect spring break trip, and one thing that will save you a headache later is setting a reasonable budget. Sticking to that budget is the number one goal of your trip, that’s why you’re reading this post. Book your accommodations and entertainment in advance and leave your credit card at home. While you’re on your trip, pay with cash so you can keep track of your expenses. You’ll thank us later.

4. Get Groceries
When you get to your destination, unpack, get settled in, and go get groceries! Making your own food and eating out less is the best way to save money on a trip. Bring a cooler full of food or book a room with a mini-fridge.

5. Find Student Discounts
Places that are expecting a lot of students on break will usually have student discounts. Many tourist attractions, shopping centers and restaurants will have a discount if you bring your student ID.

March 3, 2014 | Outdoors, Student Life