Saving Money Leads to Shopping Spree 

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Photo taken by Rylee Mattice

Carly Arsenault, Equipment Manager

Shopping: what an expensive hobby. Shopping, mainly for fashion, is extremely common around the world. Havasu is clearly a smaller city with around 54,000 people, while a larger city, like the Big Apple, has a population of more than 8.5 million. Fashion is growing immensely with an increase of high-end stores sprouting up and hitting it big on social media by having interesting and “wild” looking items.  

Since Havasu is miniscule compared to New York City, we do not have many clothing stores; the next best option for shopping is online or driving hours to go to a city with stores that are directed towards young adults and teenagers.

Since kids from Havasu need to shop out of town for a wider selection, the popular spots are Las Vegas (2 hours) Phoenix (3 hours) or Los Angeles (4 hours). Thus, they tend to save money before going anywhere knowing that shopping will be high on their priority list. Junior Jesse Bradley explained that he saves by trying to not spend all of it at once, but on occasion (once a week) he will go buy his favorite items: shoes. Bradley has nearly 200 shoes in his closet, and the most expensive pair is $5,000: Nike Red Octobers.  

Since most of us only have part-time jobs, we don’t usually have money to spare for high ticket items. Here are some basic tips to help save money.

Photo taken by Rylee Mattice
  1. Collect change. If you use cash, get change back and put it in a jar hidden in your closet and fill it as much as possible. When the time comes and the jar is filled, take a trip to a grocery store to find a change exchange and see how much you have saved.
  2. Open a savings account. If you have a job, open a savings account. Deposit the amount you wish and forget about it—well until your next paycheck.
  3. Organize your spending. Figure out the average amount of money you spend on necessities (gas, food, coffee, etc.), and save the amount that you spend on less important items (clothes, makeup, video games, etc.). By the end, you’ll have extra money to spend on items you want or college.
  4. Get a job and open a regular checking account. If a regular job doesn’t fit in your schedule, try babysitting, dog sitting or tutoring.

 

Whether you are saving money for college, a car or a dog, follow these tips to achieve your goal. Teaching yourself the fundamentals of saving will come in handy the next time you need a little cash.