As we all know, in today’s world nothing is free or cheap. To do anything in college, or for that matter in life, you are going to have to dish out some moolah. Even reading costs money! And it isn’t even reading you want to do, it is reading that comes out of a 300 dollar textbook that you could care less about. Though you spent those 300 dollars on a useless textbook, when you sell it back, no matter the condition, the bookstore will only give you 70 dollars. Don’t get me wrong, there are good textbooks out there, but those required classes don’t seem to use them.
In case you couldn’t tell by now, I am a college student, more specifically, I am a student at the University of Texas at Austin. Today’s infographic, for me at least, hits pretty close to home. I am a full time student with a job at which I work 20 plus hours a week, and between the two my free time is limited. With my job, loans, and help from home I am able to pay for college and few extra stress relieving activities. In my opinion, this infographic was a little too generous in the discretionary spending section. Although I will admit I spend more in that category than I should, it certainly is not 40% of my budget. The transportation allotment also seems a little low, but that may be because I drive across town to get to my job. That however, is only my opinion, and if you want to see what professionals have to say about student spending, look at the infographic for yourself. [via]