Here are 12 ways to make your Graduation Money work for your future

The average college graduate receives $1,847 worth of cash and gifts from family and friends. 

While it's tempting to splurge all of it, your future self will thank you for spending it wisely. 

Don’t worry. With these 12 smart spending strategies, you'll still be able to treat yourself while learning to be financially responsible. 

Buy Discounted Gift Cards for Big Purchase

If you're going to make a big purchase like a new TV or laptop, consider buying a discount gift card to save money! 

Shop Through Cash-back Apps

Whether you're buying work clothes, new electronics, or stuff for your apartment, these apps help your graduation money go further by giving you a portion of your total sale back. 

Keep Control Over Your Spending

If you're starting to feel like your spending is out of control, try shopping with cash. You’re more likely to think twice about what you’re buying when you have to count out the amount due, which leads to less spending.