You watched this ‘reality’ show about extreme couponing where the people collect piles of newspapers and sort and research and then buy sixteen boxes of spaghetti noodles to save $5. They are doing it all wrong. First of all, anyone who eats sixteen boxes of spaghetti before the expiration date is going to have the kind of problems that $5 won’t fix.
More important, though, the way to save money is not to stock up but to pare down. This struck you the first time someone said you look like you live in your car. Back then you were commuting over an hour to college. Then you went straight to your lame job. Anything you needed for the day had to be packed. So, yeah. You kept snacks and drinks in your car for between classes, took your laptop everywhere, had a sweatshirt, extra shoes, and a couple changes of clothes.
Why, you thought, should I pay rent on a third of an apartment? Yours was the smallest room anyway. Not much bigger than a car. BAM! Now you live in a mobile unit. You can drive close to the college and park under the welcoming parking lot lights of a Walmart. Miss all the morning traffic. Wake up, use the store bathroom to change clothes, brush your teeth, and you are on your way.