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Smart Saving Strategies for a Wallet-Friendly Spring Break

From beaches to Kansas City’s gems, the UMKC Financial Wellness Center shares tips for getting the most (for less) out of your spring break.
Emily Wheeler
Visit the City Market to explore local vendors.

  UMKC students are ready for the upcoming week-long spring break, but are their wallets? 

 From travel adventures to staycations, spring break plans don’t have to break the bank. 

  Brandon Vazquez, senior computer science major, will visit Miami during his week off. Vazquez’s spring break getaway will come with a price tag. 

  “I’ve tried to limit my spending,” he said. “The money I save will go towards the trip’s expenses like going to the beach and exploring the city.” 

  The UMKC Financial Wellness Center helps students navigate finances and achieve their goals, like saving for a spring break escape. 

  “Having a set budget allows you to spend up to your predetermined amount stress-free,” said Anna Zimmerman, manager of UMKC Financial Wellness Center. 

  To set a budget, students should estimate their total expenses for your spring break plans. Make sure to include travel, accommodations, food and activities. Create a savings goal based on these estimates. Consider setting aside a small portion of each paycheck for a vacation fund.

  Art history major Emma Stuart plans to visit Seattle over break.

  “I’ve had to save a bit for the trip. I’ve tried to be intentional about what I spend money on,” Stuart said. 

  Limiting unnecessary expenses is one of the easiest ways to start saving. Identify areas where you can reduce daily expenses, such as buying coffee, eating out, or unnecessary subscriptions. 

  Kansas City offers a variety of free and inexpensive activities close to UMKC. The Nelson-Atkins Art Museum offers free admission. You can also explore the Sculpture Park on the lawn.

 Zimmerman encouraged students to bring their student ID’s as some places offer discounts to students. Kansas City museums such as the American Jazz Museum, Johnson County Museum, and the Museum of Toys and Miniatures offer student discounts. 

  Within a mile from campus, Loose Park and Kauffman Memorial Garden are a great way to enjoy the outdoors during the break.

Go for a jog, read a book or play some tennis at Loose Park.
(Emily Wheeler)

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  For $5, you can tour the Roasterie factory to learn about its history, sample the coffee, and watch a brewing demonstration. 

  Hop on the Streetcar to enjoy sites like the Kansas City Library Mural, Union Station, and City Market.

    As UMKC students gear up for their spring break, with careful budgeting and creative planning, they can enjoy a memorable and fulfilling week without breaking the bank.

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