You’re Not Alone On A Budget
As young people, we are often faced with circumstances of lower than desirable monetary funds. This is something that affects almost all of us, and is a great reason to get a part-time job. Having money available to spend on the things that you want and need will facilitate your everyday life, especially once you start college. However, quite often we might have to put in time at a workplace where we are counting down the hours and can’t wait to get home and take off our uniform. The important thing to remember is that whenever you feel forced to work in unfavorable conditions, you are not alone! People often say that the only thing that gets them through a work shift is the people that they work with (along with the paycheque, of course!)
Once the paycheque comes, you may have a list of more than 50 items that you would love to purchase. The reality is that you may not be able to afford all of these things. This is frustrating, but it helps to remember that other people are going through the same thing. When we look at television shows like Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars, we may feel that we fall short and we wish we could have what they have. These shows, we must remember, are meant for entertainment purposes and they do not reflect a reality for most young people in Canada. Comparing yourself to people on television never produces positive results, and you end up feeling depressed and discouraged.
When you are feeling down, remember that your financial situation is temporary and will not last. If you plan well, you should be able to land yourself a good job after school. You can also help to reduce your financial burden by applying for as many scholarships as possible. Learning to manage your money is one of the most important things you can do as a young person. If you know how much money you make and how much money you spend, you can figure out the best way to go about spending and saving it. Talking with your parents, friends and people at your banking institution will help you to inform yourself and make smart choices.
What are you waiting for? Start informing yourself today!