Do you agree that not touching a drop of alcohol as a student really saves you that much money? Certainly, it does. It even must do! To tell you the truth, not drinking alcohol means that a huge expense in your student’s budget is cut out. However, can we consider that cut to be so influential? In fact, I’ve just managed to complete the first year as a student without buying any alcohol drinks. Truly speaking, I’ve indispensably saved something, but I haven’t succeeded in moving mountains.
In fact, in Great Britain, people are notorious for having a Europe-wide reputation as heavy drinkers. Thus, at 18 you can drink legally, but many people actually begin drinking at 15. Taking into consideration the fact that every college student is allowed to drink at any social events, it means that he is legally old enough for consuming alcohol. Believe it or not, even the fresher’s week involves tons of drinking.
My friends, who drink regularly, state that they spend between $15-30 a week on nights out and drinking, even though they admit they’ve met people that spend $65-90. As a matter of fact, almost all money goes to different pre-drinks from supermarkets. In addition, there are entry costs that you need to pay in order to be allowed to enter a club. Although these costs might seem to be negligible, they can add up. What about bad hangovers? You have probably missed a lot of classes due to the fact that someone ill-advised you to have another night out. In spite of the fact that most students cannot be described with the words I used above and they are more responsible, but still there are many of them that prefer spending enough money on drinking and missing lots of early-morning classes.

Speaking of me, for various personal reasons, I’ve decided not to drink alcohol. Going to university, I didn’t stop to feel this way. Of course, I expected to become the richest student. I was so hyped and crazy about how much I was trying to save.
The thing is, I cannot say that an alcohol budget differs somehow from a leisure budget. It is worth mentioning that there’s a heated debate among many of my drinking, as well as non-drinking, friends concerning whether we’re really spending less money by not consuming alcohol at all.

In my case, I have made an attempt not to take part in different expensive shopping sprees during the whole year, but as a result of not consuming even a drop of alcohol, I was made to find a few alternative ways to plan out my free time. I’ve started jogging and taken up baking. Apart from that, I try not to buy drinks at coffee shops. Nonetheless, I have often used them as perfect places for hanging out with my friends because I’m never hanging out at parties or in bars. I’m not telling you that it’s impossible to hang out at parties and bars without drinking, but as for me, it is really hard to watch the night scenes being sober. I’m only trying to say that if you as a student cut out alcohol, it means that you can take advantage of new hobbies, soft drinks, or coffee shops.

Nevertheless, your decision to cut out alcohol cannot help you with reducing the sum of money you spend on drinking down to zero because you’ll have to spend that cash on various leisure activities. It’s no secret that baking supplies and soft drinks are much cheaper in comparison with a drunken night out.

In the end, it’s not easy for me to tell whether I’m spending less or a lot more comparing to my friends, who drink. Many of them buy less expensive food or cut back in other ways in order to save enough money for alcohol. To tell you the truth, if I was savvier, I certainly could do my best and cut $20 a week that I’m not giving out for alcohol out of my budget for a week completely. The truth is I would always find some alternative activity to spend money on, and like it or lump it, a student life – this concerns any kind of life actually – gets rather grim if a person cuts out leisure or socializing entirely. It’s a well-known fact that everyone is different, has own preferences and interests, and tries to adjust the budget in accordance with personal priorities and lifestyles. Frankly speaking, my peers and I, as students, cannot call ourselves to be rich and have so much money that we don’t need to be thrifty at all. On the contrary, we are pretty much broke. Consequently, there’s no way how we can fix it quickly. Bear in mind, you should try as hard as possible not to let the drinking culture of college (or wherever you live) become the reason for blowing out your budget a few nights a week because of the fact that you suffer from the peer pressure. Don’t forget about keeping an eye constantly on what you’re throwing out your money. What is more, think twice before you make up your mind to have so many drinks when you plan going out. Is it really necessary to buy that many of them? Maybe you ought to consider having a “dry January” or some other sober month so that you can have a chance to see what you can economize. Remember, if you don’t feel like consuming alcohol today, don’t do this – ditch the stereotypes! There are many other things you can do and have interesting experience and fun instead of being drunk.