College is an exciting time. You have worked hard and now you are working towards a better future. Unfortunately, this time in your life is expensive! From day to day, you may wonder how to save money. These are tips that I used while I was a poor, struggling college student.
Move Out of the Dorms
No doubt about it. Dorm life is fun. There is nothing like living within two minutes of all your closest friends. It is also expensive. Most schools require a dorm student to pay for a meal plan which can be as pricey as going out to eat. Find an apartment or rent a room. You will see savings almost instantly
Don’t Go Out To Eat
It is pricey to get a burger every day. Invest in a rice cooker. Get a small refrigerator and put veges and meat in it. Make sandwiches in your room. Eating in your room/apartment will save you a lot of money.
Don’t Drive as Much or Car Pool
Paying for gas can quickly add up. If you live off campus, try to find a place that is within walking distance. Find someone with whom you can carpool. Arrange an errand day with 3 or 4 friends. Each of you can take turns driving, with the others paying a dollar or so for gas.
Schoolbooks are costly. When you are in a class with a friend, discuss splitting the cost of the books. Make sure that you have a written agreement about how much time each person gets and how much each person gets when the book is sold after the class is finished.
Take Advantage of Free Food
Take advantage of the free food offered on campus. Check out the clubs that are offering lunch. Attend the information meetings that offer meals. Go to the movie night at your English teacher’s house. Eating at these events and places will ensure that you pay less for food while in college.
Buy Your Books Online
Choose your classes for each term before the last day of registration. Contact the professor of the class and ask him/her what books are required for the class. Books can be bought used on www.amazon.com and are usually a fraction of the price in the campus bookstore. www.barnesandnoble.com is another great place to buy your books. If you have a membership card, you will be eligible for at least 10% of each purchase.
Shop at the Dollar Store
Dollar stores carry soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and cleaning supplies for an extremely low price. Most items cost a dollar or less. Larger items such as laundry detergent may cost more than a dollar but are usually cheaper than at other stores.