Becoming a college student isn’t cheap. After you pay all of your tuition, and book bills, you’re probably going to think you’re going to be in debt forever. Well, I hate to break the bad news to you, but it gets worse when it comes to spending money, especially if you live on campus.
When it comes to college, I want to give you some tips that you can use when it comes to saving money. As long as you’re smart about your money, you can really save a lot, depending at how creative you get.
Cook your own meals: Nothing beats home cooking, and yes, I know you won’t have a full kitchen in your dorm room. You can cook decent meals with a dorm microwave, or even without one. Find recipes, and be creative with this one.
Get a roommate: If you’re going to live outside of campus in an apartment, try and get a roommate. It’s so much easier to split costs, rather than pay for everything yourself.
No need for designer clothes: College isn’t about the image, it’s getting an education. There’s no reason to go out there, and purchase those expensive clothes. Stick to the cheap stuff, no one will care.
Explore your library: Before you go out and purchase books, check your school library. You may find that they have the textbook you need, and you’ll be able to rent it for free!
Buy your textbooks used: Never ever buy your textbook at the college bookstore, you’re just asking for a disaster. Instead, try websites online like Chegg, where you can rent your textbooks instead of buying them.
No need for a car: Don’t waste all of your money when it comes to maintaining a car. Instead, use your bike, walk, or find someone that has a car that you can use or carpool with.
Be cheap on entertainment: Entertainment doesn’t need to be expensive. Instead of going out every night, check your college for free events, or be creative when it comes down to spending your money.
Consider community college first: Community college is so cheap, and many students just pass it up. Attend the community college for two years, and work with one that works with the university that you want to go to. After the two years, transfer your classes, and you just saved a fortune.
Watch your spending: This one sounds easy, but many students just buy, buy, and buy. Only buy what you need, and there’s no reason to spend every dollar you have each week. Just learn how to watch your spending.
These are some broad tips when it comes to saving your money. As long as you’re smart with your money, and you know how to spend right, you should have no problems with your budget.