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How students deal with financial strain
Skylar Leatherman
Antelope Staff
Photo by Skylar Leatherman
Sarah Hoefler
Photo by Skylar Leatherman
Jaekeun Cho
Photo by Skylar Leatherman
Kaylee Troyer

Sarah Hoefler, a junior English major from Firth saves money and energy.

Q: How do you save money?

A: In my house we take a lot of care to save energy. We make sure we turn off lights, and we haven’t used the air conditioner. We try to air dry our clothes. I don’t buy things on a whim, and I have a budget. If something isn’t in my budget, I wait and save up for it. I also ride my bike or walk everywhere.

Q: Do you have any tips for anyone thinking of starting a budget?

A: Don’t be scared of it, and just try it out. It’s crazy to see where your money goes when you write it all down.

Q: What’s the best part of having a budget?

A: The best thing is that I know where all my money goes, and I feel like I’m managing it better.

Q: What is your job situation like?

A: I babysit, and it can be anywhere from five to eight hours a week. I had a summer job where I made most of my money for the year.

Jaekeun Cho, a senior marketing major from Inchon, South Korea only buys essentials.

Q: How do you try to save money?

A: I use my money in an efficient way. I think that’s more important. I spend a lot of money on food, but I never regret it. I buy good things and don’t spend a lot of money in bad ways.

Q: What do you spend most of your money on?

A: I spend most of my money on food. I go to Wal-Mart and spend a lot, especially on meat. I love the United States because it has cheap beef. Beef is expensive in South Korea.

Q: Does your job interfere with your schoolwork?

A: No, I work less than 20 hours a week. My job helps my English ability and to have American friends.

Q: What is some advice for students looking to save money?

A: I think some students think that saving money is the most important thing, but for me the most important thing is networking with friends. You should find the best way to spend. I buy healthier food and products, and I work out. That’s a good thing for me to spend my money on.

Kaylee Troyer, a senior advertising major from Kearney

Q: How do you save money?

A: To help with the electricity bill I unplug things at night. I only run the air conditioner when I absolutely have to. I didn’t get cable, and I buy groceries when they’re on sale.

Q: Does your job interfere with your classes?

A: I work about 20-21 hours a week. My job doesn’t interfere with class. They’re flexible with my class schedule. Any extra things like meetings or meeting with professors can make it difficult— especially because I only have certain hours I can work a week, and I only have a certain amount of time a week.

Q: How will you benefit in the future?

A: Working and being in school at the same time is hard. It’s good in the long run, because I am able to live on my own, pay my bills and be independent. My budget does interfere with my social life, but in the long run, it works out.


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