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13 Skills You Only Have If You Were Broke In College

The struggle is real.

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1. You can think about money and school at the same time.

Every time I walk past a bank I think, "Oh, that's right! I need to buy some money."

2. You rock a unique "vintage style" to save on clothes.

And it cost you $8 total.

And it cost you $8 total.

3. You always buy used textbooks, and you learn way more from them than expected.

so funny when you buy a used textbook with highlighter marks cause u can see exactly what chapter they gave up on life (chapter 2) 👌🏻

4. You know measuring cups double as real cups.

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5. In fact, anything can be a cup.

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6. And actual cups deserve to be treated like royalty — even when they're plastic.


7. You treat free food like the priceless gift it is.

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8. And this is basically a grocery store:

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9. You know how to prioritize.

Using your food money to get your nails done #CollegeLife #BrokeLife

10. And your DIY costumes are better than most store-bought costumes.

Grocery bag into lion's mane = evolution complete.
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Grocery bag into lion's mane = evolution complete.

11. When it comes to your apartment, you'll happily settle for the cheaper one four flights up.

Exercise, amirite?
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Exercise, amirite?

12. Actually, your apartment doesn't even have to be an actual apartment.

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13. Because you can make the best of any situation, as long as you have friends by your side.

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