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Not made of money

How to save money as a high schooler
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Salem Ortega-Morales

Teenagers have never been known for their wealth. But with ever-rising inflation, it is harder now than ever to be thrifty. So here are some tips to help you save your money.

Have a minimum amount in your savings

art by Alyssa Cook

If your issue is overspending on impulse buys, try to set a limit. For example if you get $200 each paycheck, set aside a certain amount for spending, like $60 for fun and put the rest in your savings. Once the fun money is up, it’s time to seek out other ways to fill your time.

 

If you can’t do something for free, try a cheaper alternative                                                                                                                                                                 If you are spending money on something like clothes, try out a much cheaper and more sustainable option like thrifting. If the issue is that the activities you want to do are too expensive, there is probably a cheaper substitute. As I mentioned in the last tip, getting ice cream from Dairy Queen was expensive. But we can get a 48 ounce tub of ice cream with plenty left over for the wonderful price of $2.99 at Kroger.

 

art by Alyssa Cook

Take time to consider your purchases
While not everything teenagers spend their money on are reckless purchases, many other things are not necessities. I know I have found myself a victim of the consumerism impulse while wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby and many other stores. But when I really didn’t have the money to buy anything, I rarely thought about those items later. Really try and contemplate about the things you buy because it is very likely that you never needed them in the first place.

Try to do free activities with your friends
Dairy Queen was the place to go for my friends and I to hang out, but $5 ice cream so frequently just isn’t sustainable. Instead of going out and spending money, try going to a free place instead. My favorite free places in Indianapolis are Holliday Park and Monument Circle. You could also take advantage of the many museums that have at least one free day throughout the month like Newfields, Murphy Arts Center and Harrison Center.

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Natalie Walker, Videography Specialist
Nearly three years ago, on a fateful day in the spring of my freshman year I voted “Yes” on a Journal instagram poll about interest in making graphics. Three job titles, a podcast, and quite a few stories later, here we are. My name’s Natalie Walker, I’m a senior this year and I’m the videographer on staff. As my last year begins, I’m sad but also so optimistic for hopefully my best year yet. The Journal is my everything, but I also just love all things school. Aside from The Journal, I’m on the WRAL team, Speech and Debate team, The Daily Buzz, which is Homecroft Elementary School’s newspaper, Mini-Movers, Robotics and I’m the founder of Crochet Club. I love SHS more than anything on all of Earth, other than Kansas City. I have a “love affair with cities” according to Mr. K, and I won’t deny it. I love geography, especially the demographic side. I’m so hyped for this year and I am looking forward to all the wheezing laughs and family dinner questions to come.

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