Let’s face it, college students don’t make that much money. Shocker! And the little they do make goes towards college expenses, student loans, and food.

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All of this makes going out and having fun so difficult. But since your college years are supposed to be the best years of your life, you have to figure it out. You’re not obligated to a home mortgage, kids or a spouse, so how best to get the most out of it with so little?

Drink On Campus


Okay, this can be tricky depending on your campus rules. However, the surefire way to have some fun and save money is to just get a six pack and hang out in your friend’s dorm room or hit up a house party. It might not be as fun as hitting the bar, but saving money requires a few sacrifices.



Buy Lower Priced Drinks


Forget the shots! They go fast and the money adds up. Instead buy cheap beer. Most beers are pretty inexpensive and will not damage your pockets. If you have to have a shot or a cocktail, don’t buy top shelf. The cheap, generic brands work just as well.

Go To College Only Bars


There is a huge difference between a college bar and tourist bar. College bars expect to have tons of students with little money. So this will fit better with your budget. Tourist bars jack up the prices because they understand that people who are on vacation like to spend money. Take the time to know which bars are college bars. You will enjoy cheaper drinks and make new college friends in the process!

Save For A Rainy Day


Instead of letting a few dollars burn a hole in your pocket, invest in a piggy bank. This way when your college buddies decide to go out, you already have some spare cash lying around ready to be spent. And instead of getting Starbucks every morning, ask your parents to buy you a small coffee pot to keep in your dorm room. Put the money you save into your piggy bank for your next bar outing!

Know When It's Happy Hour


While you are out at your favorite bar, study the happy hour menu like your cramming for an exam. These drink specials will help you stay within your budget. And do some math to figure out if it’s cheaper to buy an individual beer or a pitcher. Using the skills you acquire in college will help you drink all night for a reasonable price.


Leave Your Credit Card 


Before you head out, decide how much you are willing to spend and only take that amount of cash. Leave the rest of the cash and your credit card at home so that you are not tempted to spend more once you put on your whiskey face. It’s easy to go broke being undisciplined. Don’t be the idiot who wakes up the next morning to say, “How did I spend $300 last night?”

Being a college student doesn’t mean you have to be broke and stay in night after night. Just get creative with your spending and saving habits. Take time out to have fun! And if worse comes to worse, have one of your buddies buy for the night. You can treat them the next time around. You are only in college once after all!

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So you just turned 21. Well you don't want to go into a college bar and order a drink that will make you look foolish.

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These are the years to have fun and learn all about drinking 101 before you enter the 'real' adult world. How and what you order will let others know a lot about you so choose wisely.


Get a Beer


College students are big beer drinkers. For one, beer is typically cheaper than most cocktails. Craft beers and IPAs are great choices to order for any college student. However, keep away from ordering what people think of as old beers like Old Style and Labatt Blue. Anything your father drinks is considered an old man beer and could quite possibly get you laughed at by your peers. Typically men are the bigger beer drinkers, but a girl who orders a beer may turn out to be the coolest girl on campus.



Don’t Get Too Technical


If you walk into a bar and say something ridiculous like, “I want a dirty, dry martini with little ice, shaken not stirred and 3 olives for a garnish.” You are going to look like a fool. This is not some fancy Speakeasy, this is your typical college bar where simplicity matters. Don’t go overboard with ordering. Relax, ask for a cold brew, or whatever is on happy hour. Oh and lose the lingo! Don’t make things too complicated and save the smart rhetoric for your college classes.


Order Shots for All


College kids love to drink and have a good time. Ordering a round of shots is a good gesture when making new friends and an acceptable way to say thank you. Don’t order a round all the time because you will either end up broke or passed out. Pick your spots wisely and be selective with it. Also, taking shots are tricky. It’s best as a college student to stay with Fireball or Tequila shots. Both make you sound like a college student who knows what they like. On occasion a new fun shot may be introduced, but keep it simple. This is college after all and just like a frat party nobody wants to have to think too hard about their drink choices.



Stay Away from Girly Drinks


It’s 2018 and we are trying to get rid of gender biases. But in the eyes of most college students, girls still order mixed drinks and guys order beer and the hard stuff. So if you are a guy and you want to impress your friends, stay away from the girly drinks especially anything served in a Martini glass.

So there you have it. To order a drink like a college student, keep it simple, make sure it’s cold and don’t be afraid to order a few round of shots for old and new friends. Keep the complicated drink orders for you fancy gatherings. Drinking at a college bar is hardcore, so pace yourself and drink responsibly. Have fun!!

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