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It's About the Money, Money, Money!

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Friday, Mar 02, 2018
    We all have seen the ads on the Internet, on Facebook or even on the television whilst staying up all night long [finishing that homework, I assume].  The shiny ‘next new thing’ that is ‘better than the last one’ is always showing and captivating our minds.  Whether it is the next version of the iPhone, or another model of Beats Headphones, entrepreneurs always find a way to suck us in and get the feeling of wanting what is being presented.  I get it though, because it has happened to me too many times.  Whenever I go to different clothing stores and see an outfit I like, I drag it to the shopping cart, but never have the guts to buy it at first.  I leave it there for a week or two, waiting for some type of sale or coupon alert to come into my email.

    However, there is 1 MAJOR THING that I would not spend my money on and keep it in my bank account for a rainy day – that is TECHNOLOGY! Yes, it is true – when it comes to gadgets and gizmos, I think really hard about buying them, and end up not doing so.  I try to keep my laptop and phones working well and functioning because the price tags next to them are really expensive.  It baffles me when I hear people say that they dropped their phones, broke their screen and the next day, have a new and more improved model.  Not only a new one, but a new one without A PHONE SCREEN PROTECTOR!  It is like they have not learned their lesson from before.

    Growing up, my dad taught me the importance and worth of a dollar.  I never got my first phone until I graduated from high school and I did not get my own laptop until my parents believed that I earned it with good grades and behavior exuded throughout my high school career.  Now, I know that it seems like this area does not count because I did not buy the gadgets myself (and it is true, my parents did give them to me as a reward), but I am still held accountable of these things and it is my responsibility to keep them functioning until their life span comes.  Now, with college here, I am pretty sure I will not want to be spending extra money buying a new phone (especially since my Samsung phone works perfectly fine) when I could be using the money to buy textbooks.  Just remember, your money is for you and what you spend with it is up to you.  Just make sure to spend your money wisely; you never know when a rainy day may come.
     
    By: Tamera Locke, College of Agriculture
    Photo Attribution: https://zululandobserver.co.za/95744/how-to-save-over-the-christmas-season/