How do I make ends meet as a full-time student?
I don’t more often than not.
I’ve tried those ‘get cash over the weekend’ suggestions and they honestly don’t work.
Don’t try to come to me about how you somehow managed to make ends meet working 3 jobs and a side gig and went to school full-time with clubs. I don’t want to hear it.
This is about people like me having to play by the rules, not people like that who can ignore the rules.
So what have I tried?
Blogging. You won’t make much, if anything, off that. Trust me. If I was making bank off this blog you would see a lot more bullshit ads and paid posts.
Those apps that promise you can win money don’t do shit. You will not make money off them. Treat them as a game and nothing more. I’ve tried about 5 different ones including…
- Lucky Day
- Swagbucks (app and site)
- S’mores (an app that pays you literally pennies a day to unlock your phone)
- Playspot( one of those apps that asks you to download and play other apps and you can earn points to redeem for giftcards)
Out of all of these, after using them for months and months, I had one $25 payout from Swagbucks and one $5 payout from S’mores. Not worth it, especially when you have to devote so much time as is to even accrue points.
I tried Upwork, for freelancers. I was hired literally twice in an 8 month period. I earned about $70 after fees. This was after I would max put my potential apps for jobs and did my best to get to the top of their algorithms. This may work for you if you have a more in demand skill; I worked as a ghostwriter, so maybe programmers or translators or virtual assistants may make more or have a better chance at getting hired.
I did a couple work-study positions but honestly, it’s like trying to balance two jobs and school.
How do I make my ends meet?
- Only buy generic
- Only buy what I need
- Don’t have fun
- Don’t go out ever
- Never take a break
- Learn to be bored
- Give up all hobbies
- Give up all activities outside of your house
- Learn to live without or make it stretch
It fucking sucks. It really does. There’s no easy way to make ends meet and everyone has some little advice or tip on the subject.
None of it really works and you’ll wear yourself out faster working 2 jobs or a job and a couple side gigs.
School can always be put on hold. And if they bitch at you about leaving, give them hell for not giving you the resources you need to succeed.