Danielle Stobb and Maggie Polsean are students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They came up with the idea of 2 Broke Interns as a way to share Milwaukee from a student’s perspective. Follow the blog each week for stories, recommendations and advice for successfully exploring Milwaukee on a budget.
I’m a broke intern and come May, when I earn my journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I’ll be an even more broke college graduate. It took me three years to graduate, even with a change in my major. My parents are proud and my bank account is thankful.
My hometown is Green Lake. It’s a don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it tourist town with an even smaller school. My graduating class was 20 students, most of which I knew from kindergarten. Growing up in Green Lake is one of the reasons I chose to attend college in Wisconsin’s biggest city. Milwaukee has so many places to go, things to see, people to meet … living in Green Lake was a mundane routine I was ready to break.
I have a type-A personality through and through. My desk is filled with post-it reminders and to-do lists. A Keurig sits nearby to brew my favorite chai. I click the refresh button on my email consistently.
Over the past three years of living in Milwaukee I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me save money. I quickly realized my idea of purchasing groceries from Whole Foods (although so good) costs more, so I instead became a frequent visitor to Trader Joe's. I also learned that using public transportation is a great alternative to expensive parking on campus. It also means is engaging in small talk with the overly friendly riders. And as for dining out? I tend to order something I know will supply leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. If it’s good enough to eat once, I’ll eat it twice!
I also save money in a rare way that most college students couldn’t fathom: I don’t party. In fact, I’m the one that breaks up college parties.…Read more...