Budget yourself together
With the increasing cost of living and the turbulent job market, there is a constant struggle for many to hold their heads above water.
Jenna Pierce is a second year business student and also plays for the St. Clair Saints women’s softball team while also working two jobs.
Originally from London, Pierce explains that her biggest challenges are related to living alone.
“It’s honestly tough. The scholarship for softball only lasts one semester and I have to make up the rest for the remainder of the school year,” said Pierce. “
“Working at Griff’s on main campus really helps because I’m close to classes and the Sportsplex.”
Students might find the school year easier to manage with careful budgeting and financial planning.
The student life can be very stressful and part of the overwhelming concern for most is the ability to earn enough money to offset costs. Pierce pays over $800 a month for a small apartment.
“My most concerning costs are rent and tuition. If I could see one thing changed in the government budget, it would be more financial assistance for students. There is not enough jobs and costs are too high for the average student,” said Pierce.
Arthur Venizelos is an accountant who has owned his own firm in Hamilton for 12 years.
“I know it’s not always possible but my best advice to students in school right now is to live at home,” said Venizelos.
“The way the economy is right now it would be wise to not put any extra financial burden on yourself.”
Venizelos explained with smart strategies and practically budgeting, students can definitely find ways to lighten the load.