College is an expensive endeavor due to rising costs of textbooks, tuition fees as well as other expenses. Thus, college life is tantamount to poverty and keeps every student hanging in the balance financially most of the time. Here are a few tips that will help you in reducing your college expenses.
- Be practical. Don’t follow trends. Just because everyone is wearing fashionable clothes it doesn’t mean you should do the same. Instead, make your own fashion statement or consult some budding fashion designers of your college who will design clothes for cheap for you.
- Don’t order your meal. Home delivery will cost you more. Visit the grocery shop and get a local grocery saving card, which will save you some money.
- Don’t eat at restaurants. It will cost you more, as well as you have to tip. Thus, cut out unnecessary restaurant spending. Have cheap foods like ramen noodles, cream of wheat, oatmeal, easy Mac etc.
- Avoid buying new textbooks, instead opt for used ones. Make sure that you sell back the textbooks online or in a bookstore buyback.
- If you’re an alcohol lover, drink at college parties which will offer free or much cheaper drinks. Don’t go to the bar where you will end up paying more for it.
- Save money on entertainment. Don’t get cable TV as well as video games. Watch new movies on campus and rent DVDs rather than watching them in a real theatre. This will save you a good amount.
- If possible, pay the installments on time. If you’re late on a single payment, it will increase your interest rate. Thus, timely payments will save you a great deal of interest amount.
- Indulge in entertaining activities that wont cost you much. Thus, visit your friends, hike, ride skateboard, swim, explore campus etc. This wont cost you a penny as well as keep you fit and healthy.
- If you need a computer badly for your academics, then only buy one. Make sure that you save some money by shopping the student discounts, rebates and other discounts. Dell computers offer discounts to college students directly through participating university or college.
- Try to find an apartment close to your college. This will save you some money which will be otherwise spent on transportation. If you don’t want to walk the distance then make use of public transportation which is cheap.
Thus if you’re not spendthrift and follow these tips seriously, you are sure to save something in your savings account when you leave your college. Good luck!