It can be tempting to spend the summer after your senior year sleeping late, hanging out with friends and stocking up on everything from school spirit wear to dorm décor.

However, the summer before your first semester at college also presents a great opportunity to save up some money for school. The more you can save now, the more flexibility you’ll have in your budget for next semester’s expenses.

Here are three steps to get started.

1. Don’t blow through your graduation money

Set aside some money to take to school with you rather than spending it all this summer. Consider opening a savings account if you don’t already have one. Many banks offer low-fee savings accounts specifically for college students.

Decide with your parents what you are paying for and what they are paying for as you purchase dorm gear, books and more. Ask them to help you create a budget and to help you manage your money while you’re back-to-school shopping.

You’ll also want to discuss how you’ll divvy up expenses while you’re at school. If your parents are helping out, then knowing how much your parents plan on contributing to expenses like tuition, transportation and entertainment will give you a better sense of how much you’ll need to save up yourself. Plus, settling the budget in advance will help prevent conflict or frustration once you’re away at school.

2. Get a job

Working at any time during your college career is a good way to save money, but you may have more time to dedicate to a job during the summer. Plus, securing a job now may have a longer term payoff than you think, since you’ll have an “in” if you want or need to work over future summers or breaks.

Even if you only put in a few hours a week, working over the summer will give you a chance to build up your résumé and line up potential references for scholarships, internships and future job opportunities.

3. Start saving like a college student now

Spend a few weeks keeping track of all your spending. You may be surprised how quickly your expenses add up and where that money is actually going. Divide expenses into categories like housing, food, entertainment and savings to determine your monthly expenses. Then choose a realistic amount to spend on each category based on your income. Using a budgeting app can make it easy to create and stick to a budget, and your bank may offer free budgeting assistance as well.

If you can get used to living on a budget now, that will be one less thing to adjust to when you start college.