The first step I took was to live off campus, which saved me more than half in rent every month. I was lucky to get a 5-year-old queen mattress, a box spring in good condition, and an old but functioning TV set completely free from Craigslist. I bought a shop light with bulbs for under 20 bucks at Home Depot. The only things I splurged a bit on were a 3-tier tower computer work station and a leather office chair, which I got from Staples for a total of $150 after mail-in rebate and store coupons. I was really happy with the simple but sufficient setup of my new room and was excited to be sharing a townhouse with two nice girls and a funny guy who turned out to be a talented cook.
Then I managed to secure four tutoring jobs before the funds in my bank account ran out. Since the jobs weren't exactly high-paying, I still needed to plan my purchases very carefully in order not to get bankrupt. I saved quite a bit by buying used textbooks from Amazon and Half.com. I also felt in love with the Subway store a few blocks away from campus, where I could get a delicious and nutritious meal for less than $5. Another way to cut down expenses was to eat free food on campus, which started by accident and turned into a fun game like a treasure hunt. There were so many on-campus parties, events and educational activities that offered free food as an incentive for participation that I could hardly went by a week without attending one or two. I also enjoyed sharing those opportunities with my friends and classmates.
Another important change I made was to get around on bike instead of taxi or public transportation. It not only saved me some extra cash but also helped me stay fit. Now you see, being low on cash has its bright side too. It encourages you to explore resources that might remain untapped otherwise and to acquire new skills that could benefit you in the long run.
Would you like to find out if Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) can take the best out of their worst situation in 2 Broke Girls? Tune in the show each Monday at 8:30/7:30c on CBS!
About the Show
2 Broke Girls is a comedy about the unlikely friendship that develops between two very different young women who meet waitressing at a diner in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and form a bond over their dream of one day owning their own successful cupcake business. Only one thing stands in their way – they’re broke. Sarcastic, street-smart Max Black met the sophisticated, school-smart Caroline Channing when the uptown trust fund princess was having a run of bad luck due to her father’s Wall Street scandal, which caused her to lose all her money and forced her to give waitressing a shot. At first, Max sees Caroline as an entitled rich girl, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style. When Caroline discovers Max’s knack for baking amazing cupcakes, she visualizes a lucrative future for them and they begin to save money to reach their start-up money goal of $250,000. As the girls become closer to their goal and to each other, we see that their “smarts” plus their “hearts” might just be the recipe for success.
Watch a sneak peek of the episode to be aired this Monday.