Turn your pennies into dollars without touching a single package of Ramen Noodles®.
Make a budget and stick to it
Determine what you need to cover the necessities – rent, education expenses, loans, etc. Create a budget. Even a simple budget can help you avoid overspending on a night out when you needed money for a new textbook.
Consider cheap text book options
Did you know you can rent textbooks? Rent a book for as long as you need it and return it when you are done. Check out sites like BookRenter, TextBooks.com, eCampus and CampusBooks. Selling your used textbooks is a great option too. It never hurts to get a little bit of cash back to put toward your next semester.
Different living options
Sometimes room and board can be more expensive than tuition. So how can you try and lower the cost if you need a place to stay? If you work as a Resident Advisor (RA) you can get significantly reduced costs on room and board and in some cases RA’s rooms are free. If you’re rarely near your own room, look into dorms with fewer amenities. Even though staying on campus may be a bit pricey, it is nothing compared to staying off site. Yes, you may have a cheaper rent, but when you add utilities, internet, transportation, etc., it can actually be more expensive.
Use your student ID for discounts… EVERYWHERE
Make the most of your student status; take advantage of your student discounts. Save on electronics, enjoy discounts for clothing/shoes, movies, printer ink, fast food/pizza, gym memberships and even traveling.
If you put all of the money you saved into your savings account and didn’t touch it, how much do you think you could really save in a month or even a year? I challenge you to put that money away and see what you can reward yourself with at the end of a month or even a year.
Next week, “Making the Cut: Groceries on the College Budget.”
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