With a new school year almost in full swing, you may have noticed that your bank account is diminishing faster than John Mayer’s relationships.
Fortunately, there are many ways for you to get all of your necessities for college and still have some money in your pocket afterward…
- Don’t buy new textbooks! Buying used textbooks are sometimes half the price of brand new ones and if you rent them, they are even cheaper.
- Don’t purchase the most expensive meal plan. The chances of you using the entire amount of your meal plan by the end of the year are slim since you most likely will not be eating every single meal on campus. Variety is good, especially when it comes to food, so start off with one of the smaller plans and if you find yourself needing more, you can always add to it.
- Take advantage of student discounts. You will never know if somewhere offers student discounts unless you ask, so make it a habit of asking about them everywhere you go. The worst that can happen is they tell you “no”, but it is worth asking about anyway. Discounts are offered everywhere from restaurants and movie theaters to computer stores and airlines.
- Use websites like Netflix, Hulu and Pandora for your entertainment. Spending on cable and music purchases will add up quickly, so it is wise to use alternative modes of entertainment that are just as good.
- Make DIY projects your favorite pass time. If you know you are not going to stay in your dorm or apartment for more than a school year, do not spend hundreds of dollars on decorations and furniture that you may not be able to use again in the future. Consider making things yourself or buying an item used; it will save you money in the long run and is better for the environment.
- Learn the bus route. Just because you are lucky enough to have your own car to take to college does not mean you should drive it everywhere. Most colleges have buses that take you where you need to be all day long for free. Save your gas money and your road rage.
- Forego the high-end products. This doesn’t mean you have to stop painting your nails or primping our hair. You can still get the same outcome with a store brand product as you can with a big name product, but for a fraction of the cost. It may take some getting used to, but will be better for your pocket book in the end.
What tips do you have for saving money?