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Broke But Want To Celebrate Spring Break?

Fake it 'til you make it.

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Spring Break is upon us and, while some are already pairing their various bikinis and flip flops for every day of the week, others are frowning at our bank balances wondering what happened to all that Christmas money (then looking at that brand new handbag and remembering). 

For those of us who can’t make it out to Cancun in the coming weeks, we feel you. We set one of our editors the challenge of celebrating Spring Break with a budget of $3, all of which she spent on a pineapple. Check out 4 ways to celebrate Spring Break when you’re broke. 

When curating the perfect Spring Break vacation in your own living room, there are several things to consider: firstly, what do you think of when you hear the words “Spring Break”? Fun, sun and cocktails. Now, remember that the year is 2017 and the only thing that really matters is photographic evidence. Make the pictures convincing enough, and no one will be any the wiser. So our first Spring Break hack is this: instead of foolishly spending all your pocket change on actual alcohol and learning how to make fiddly cocktails, just stick a straw in some exotic fruits for aesthetically similar results. 
  

No Spring Break would be complete without rays of dazzling sunshine soaking into every inch of your skin. But you’re not in Palm Springs, so you’re going to need to use your cunning to create the same vibes. Remove the lampshades from all your light fixtures for that don’t-look-at-it-or-you’ll-go-blind effect. Plus, it totally justifies you wearing sunglasses. 


Now you’ve got the light from the sun, what about the heat? Obviously you can’t risk wearing a sweater in any of your Spring Break snaps, or people will suspect something’s up. So crank-up the heat and pull on a muscle tank. No electricity bill could possibly be as expensive as a return flight and a week spent in a hotel. Especially when your bill is included in your rent. 


If all you’re aiming for is people to think you actually went on Spring Break, why not just photoshop yourself into some beach scenes? With technology advanced as it is, even the most rudimentary photoshop/photobooth skills are enough to produce an image as realistic as the original Jaws movie (see below for example). 
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