You’re in college, so naturally you’re completely broke. In fact, you don’t even have the money for “luxuries” like cutlery or furniture. However, these 20 impoverished students are totally winning at college money management – whether by finding a great new way to use a coffee pot or by having a seriously relaxed approach to personal hygiene.
20. Coat-hanger shish kebab
The redditor behind this photo wrote, “Cooking level: broke but creative.” They’re not wrong – using a hanger over a grill seems totally inspired. However, several other commenters have pointed out that any coating on the hanger might make it poisonous, so file this one under “don’t try at home.”
19. Tennis-racket pasta strainer
Similarly, the redditor behind this undeniably brilliant invention captioned this picture, “Living situation: broke college student.” But while they may be broke, they can still enjoy cheap pasta, thanks to this fantastic tennis-racket pasta strainer. In fact, they should trademark this thing pronto.
18. Coffee-pot hotdog cooker
Oh, so you thought coffee pots could only make coffee? How delightfully naïve of you. Indeed, impoverished college students have long known that coffee makers can also double up as hot-dog cookers. Gross, but effective.
17. Beer-can light shades
Apparently these college bros thought that buying normal light shades was just a step too far. After all, why spend money on light shades that could actually shine a light on things when you can buy cans of beer instead?
16. Saucepan iron
Who needs an iron when you have two sauce pans? As the inventor of this totally weird domestic set-up wisely advises, “You gotta be resourceful to survive college.” These are words to live by, friends.
15. iPhone speakers
Expensive iPhone speakers made by Apple seem like a bit of a waste of money when you can simply bash together two old cartons and a toilet roll. The genius behind this monstrosity commented, “I found the other iPhone speakers lacking something, so I made this.”
14. Plier salad tongs
Serving a delicious salad is a total must when you’re hosting a dinner party for the frat bros. But don’t throw money away on actual salad tongs – make your own and hope that your guests aren’t put off by the fact that they look like a torture device from a low-budget horror movie.
13. Bottle shower head
Previously, the misguided owner of this bathroom made the massive mistake of asking his college-student son to fix the shower. On the other hand, perhaps he should just count himself lucky that his new shower head is a soda bottle and not a beer can.
12. Transformer toaster
A college student who’s too impoverished to even have a toaster is a sad student indeed. But, luckily, these clever college kids came up with this inspired way to heat their pies while they’re studying at the library.
11. Water fountain hack
Syphoning gallons of drinking water from the college water fountain is a new kind of low. However, as the old saying goes, “Needs must when you’re a freshman with no cash.”
10. Tarpaulin hot tub
Who says you can’t have a hot tub while you’re at college? Basically, just sling one together using tarp and a whole bunch of duct tape, and you’ve got a dorm-room hot tub that doesn’t look dangerous at all.
9. Plastic-bottle cups
You might think drinking glasses made of actual glass are a pretty indispensable part of modern living – but you’d be completely wrong. Just fashion some homemade glasses from old plastic bottles, and, in effect, you’re ready to party.
8. Makeshift hole punch
Here’s another example of that unassailable college student logic. So, if you don’t have a hole punch for your paper, just grab a drill and make random holes in documents that you apparently have to hold perilously close to your feet. What could possibly go wrong?
7. Makeshift food warmer
No microwave? No problem! Just carefully position your food – in this instance a slice of pepperoni pizza – between an iron and a hairdryer, and voila, it’s practically an oven. This evidently clever and not-at-all-dangerous cooking solution is brought to us by redditor Wyofire.
6. Milking the cafeteria
If you’re going to be a poor college student, you have to be resourceful – but you also have to be ballsy. Don’t let social norms stand in your way; take a gallon bottle of milk to the cafeteria and fill it up for later.
5. Multipurpose hammock
Why waste all your hard-earned cash on luxuries like furniture? Instead, simply sling up a hammock and you’ve got an instant chair for studying, hanging out, whatever. What’s more, it’s mobile.
4. Airline porch furniture
One unsuspecting parent went to visit their son at his college dorms, only to subsequently discover that this is his porch furniture. Sure, it could well be the result of alcohol-fueled theft, but let’s face it: this guy is totally flying at college.
3. Hoodie popcorn bowl
Still using an actual bowl to eat popcorn out of? Don’t be silly – take a leaf out of this college student’s book and turn your hoodie back to front, using it as an inspired popcorn repository.
2. Quick armchair repair
These college students certainly aren’t letting something minor like a broken couch hold them back. No, they’ve merely dumped a cheap wooden chair in there and thrown on a Top Gun DVD.
1. Shopping-cart barbecue
Student resourcefulness coupled with some low-level theft – it’s college life at its very best, to be sure. Here, for example, we have a supermarket cart artfully positioned over a pile of bricks that’s passing as a barbecue. Mmm, tasty.