11 Signs You are Living the #PostGradPoor Lifestyle

1. You wait until it is absolutely necessary to fill your car with gas. AKA, once the gas light is on.

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Good thing there’s a gas station right by both your apartment and work!

2. You can no longer procrastinate studying or paper writing because you’ve graduated, so instead you procrastinate paying your bills.
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The closer to the deadline you pay them the less they are, right? RIGHT?!

3. Your favorite day of the month is payday.

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4. That massive $15 entree you bought for lunch right after payday because you felt rich? Well shortly after you remembered you’re not and you make it last for lunch, dinner, and tomorrow’s lunch too. Nothing like being poor, to force you to eat proper portions.

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But good thing bread a cheese are cheap, because those late night grilled cheeses come in clutch.

5. A $10 bottle of wine is more justifiable than $10 lipstick. You don’t need to look cute while drinking that bottle of wine, because lets be real, you’ll be sitting on the couch watching Netflix while drinking it.

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6. Who are we kidding? $10 bottles of wine only happen when we feel like splurging for our best friend’s birthday.

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7. But still, we know that a night on the couch with Netflix and a $10 bottle of wine would be cheaper (and more fun) than a night out.

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Drinks at bars are expensive, okay?

8. You spend less on alcohol, but more on coffee.

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But you need more coffee.

9. Technically you can now afford that really cute $90 jacket. But only if you give up 10 burritos you could have eaten at Chipotle. 9 if you get guac.

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Who needs a jacket in the winter though when Chipotle warms your soul?

10. You agree to go on Tinder dates with the few guys who don’t start out with aggressively sexual comments, because while the best case scenario you are the perfect couple and your family will stop bugging you about being single, the worst case scenario (minus the whole safety issue) you still get a FREE MEAL!

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**Bonus points** if you have enough leftovers for a full second meal.

11. You finally understand your mom’s love of coupon clipping. Well, kinda. Sorta. Okay, really more in theory because it’s a lot of work.

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You have picked up her knack for finding sales though.

Kendall McManus

Kendall is a happy, free, confused, and (only sometimes) lonely twenty-two year old who managed to escape California’s armpit of Fresno to go to UCLA. Currently still in LA, she plans to move Down Under at some point in the (hopefully soon) future to fuel her debatably unhealthy Aussie-obsession. Despite graduating with a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies (and a self-proclaimed double minor in Procrastination and Social Media) she still manages to have an absolutely terrible sense of direction. The pickiest eater you’ll ever meet, her main food groups include various forms of carbs and cheese and wine, with orange chicken, cookie butter, and Chipotle thrown in for good measure. And more wine. Though currently working at a small boutique, in her free time she cuddles with her many stuffed animals while binge-watching shows on Netflix, comes up with excuses not to work out, tries to be funny on Twitter (holla @kendallllla), researches cheap ways to fuel her wanderlust, and Facebook stalks her friends and occasionally herself.

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