This blog is written by Amanda, our Campus Ambassador at Providence College. She is studying English and Business and will graduate May 2013.
On a recent episode of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney Kardashian has an obsession with couponing. She believes she is doing a great thing by spending hours upon hours collecting and organizing coupons in order to save money. However, her friends and family realize that the amount of money she is spending is nothing compared to the amount of time she has to put in—not to mention she has no use for the items she is purchasing.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the Kardashian craze, you can learn a crucial time management lesson from this: too much of a good thing can quickly turn into a bad thing. Using coupons can be a great way for a broke college student to save some money, but if the time you spend collecting coupons cuts into your time for schoolwork or other activities, you have a problem.
Extreme couponing is definitely an extreme example, but I know there are plenty of other ways that trying to save time or money can become wasteful. Don’t spend hours planning out your week in fifteen-minute increments if you know you are not going to be able to keep to such a schedule. Buying food or toiletries on campus can be more expensive than spending time cooking or going shopping elsewhere, but allow yourself to use the convenience of on-campus options when you’re crunched for time. There is a big difference between being lazy and using your time and money wisely—don’t always opt for the easiest option, but don’t push yourself when you are already busy and stressed. Making the most of your resources should always involve balance.