Keeping a budget can ensure you are spending consciously. Budgeting can be done in a few easy steps: First, figure out your income, which includes financial help you receive from your parents, and money from student loans/grants. Then start making your lists: how much you owe for every fixed expense you have (rent, car insurance) and then list your variable expenses, such as food. To do this you can look at old bills, bank statements and receipts. Finally, allow yourself some money for extras: think about a realistic number you want to allot yourself for movie tickets, going to restaurants, etc. Utilize budgeting web apps such as Mint, which will keep a running tab on your spending.
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