Broke From Spring Break? 15 Tips to Recoup the Cost

Photo (cc) by bradleygee

Spring break is usually the one week a year when you have the most fun…and spend the most money. But now that it’s over and you’re ready to hit the books again, don’t worry about how broke you are. Here are 15 tips to save a little money and maybe recoup some of the cost – without putting a damper on your quality of life.

  1. Stop using credit cards. You probably racked up a big bill during your week in paradise. Don’t make it worse – give your card a rest and focus on paying it off.
  2. Drink on a budget. If you followed the advice in our story 26 Tips to Save on Spring Break, you found that happy hours are the way to save on both food and drink while on vacation. Same thing applies now that you’re back on campus.
  3. Start using coupons. They may not look cool, but coupons will save you money. Always use a coupon search engine (like the one we have at the top of our Deals page) before you shop for anything.
  4. Buy toilet paper on Amazon. And other products like soap, shampoo, and microwave noodles. Obviously you should compare prices with those at local stores, but with free shipping (and no tax), some items are cheaper on Amazon than in even the bulkiest of bulk stores. And they deliver!
  5. Use only your own bank’s ATM. Count up all the times you’ve used another bank’s ATM machine, multiply by about 5, and imagine you had that much extra cash in your pocket. Getting cash back free at the grocery or other stores is also a better idea.
  6. Cancel your cable. Like my story said, You Don’t Have to Pay For Cable TV. So why are you?
  7. Slingbox your TV. Can’t live without cable? Ask your parents to put a Slingbox in their home. Then you can stream their television to your computer/iPad/phone without paying for your own service.
  8. Find free music. If you don’t know you can find free music online, then you’re the oldest person in your class by about 30 years. Sites like Pandora and Last.fm make the iTunes store look like a relic from the 20th century.
  9. Get on a family plan. There’s no law that says you have to be in a family to have a family plan. Get a few of your friends and split the cell bill each month.
  10. Get a job, you lazy bum. No one’s saying full time, but many schools will pay students to work around campus. A part-time gig in the gym could be a great way to earn a little extra cash and meet new friends.
  11. Skype is fun. And it’s a free way to video chat. Instead of calling your friends to relive your spring break memories, why not Skype? You’ll save on minutes and feel like you’re living in the future.
  12. Try a bike. If you’re close to campus, biking (or walking) to class can save gas money. Added bonus: You won’t have to worry about parking, and you’ll work off some of the calories you packed on during spring break.
  13. D-I-Y pizza. At this point in the year, that Domino’s bill is really starting to add up. Next time you’re craving pizza, just get some flatbread, sauce, cheese, and maybe a few toppings, and cook your own.
  14. Do the Netflix thing. As a grad with a film degree, I can say with some authority that movie theaters are a waste of money. And 3D?! The only movie worth paying to see in 3D was Avatar. Everything else is just a gimmick.
  15. Sober drivers. My frat had a sober driver program, so each brother took turns driving for a night. In addition to being safe and responsible, we saved a ton of cash with our “free taxi.”

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
19 Things You Should Never Buy at a Grocery Store
19 Things You Should Never Buy at a Grocery Store

These household necessities are overpriced at the grocery store. Get them cheaper at these places instead.

Watch This: Organize Your Home With Dollar Tree Products
Watch This: Organize Your Home With Dollar Tree Products

Here’s how to organize every corner of your home using only items from a dollar store.

15 Purchases That Make Life Easier As You Age
15 Purchases That Make Life Easier As You Age

There are many products that can make getting older — or any time of life — a little easier.

7 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Healthy Cooking a Breeze
7 Kitchen Gadgets That Make Healthy Cooking a Breeze

These small appliances and cooking aids make healthy eating easy — and they’re all available on Amazon.

New Ways to Save Money on Insurance of Every Kind
New Ways to Save Money on Insurance of Every Kind

Tech startups are making it easy to find the best rates for all kinds of insurance policies — and get covered fast.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?
Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?

Can an adult daughter tap into her late mother’s benefit?

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again
9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia
This Surprise Factor Can Raise Your Risk of Dementia

Nearly half of U.S. residents may face this threat.

Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds
Organize Your Home With These 10 Thrift Store Finds

Resolve to be clutter-free in 2021 with these secondhand purchases.

These Major Appliances Got the Worst Reviews in 2020
These Major Appliances Got the Worst Reviews in 2020

Consumer Reports says these home products got the worst ratings from experts.

This Gas Station Scam Is Victimizing More Drivers
This Gas Station Scam Is Victimizing More Drivers

For the second straight year, a growing number of Americans believe they’ve fallen prey to this scam.

11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It
11 Laws You Could Be Breaking Without Knowing It

Seriously? Fibbing about the weather is a crime? This and other little-known legal traps await the unwary.

These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy
These Are the 3 Best Used Cars You Can Buy

These vehicles boast reliability, safety and long-lasting value.

13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free
13 Things Seniors Can Get for Free — or Almost Free

There are many ways to get cheap or free services and goods after reaching a certain age.

6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have
6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have

Few retirees have all of these documents that are crucial to their golden years — especially during a pandemic.

Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?
Is This Treatable Condition Causing Your High Blood Pressure?

Researchers say too many doctors are overlooking this potential source of hypertension.

11 Generic Products You Should Buy at Costco
11 Generic Products You Should Buy at Costco

Not all generics are worthwhile, but these are among the best from Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand.

Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore
Internet Providers Can’t Charge You for This Anymore

Starting this month, your ISP no longer can bill you for this fee.

3 Cable TV Companies Hiking Prices for 2021
3 Cable TV Companies Hiking Prices for 2021

Still married to your cable company? Hold on to your wallet!

8 Tips for Retiring Comfortably on Social Security Alone
8 Tips for Retiring Comfortably on Social Security Alone

It’s never too early to start learning how to live well while living on less.

15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021
15 Painless Ways You Can Cut Costs in 2021

Follow these tips to save, so you’ll have money for things that really matter.

9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry
9 Small Expenses That Are Bleeding Your Budget Dry

Keep more of future paychecks by eliminating these budget-busting unnecessary expenses.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.