A Student’s Take: 5 Money-Saving Tips

In this feature, “A Student’s Take,” real-life students share perspective on everything from campus finances to diversity in the college classroom.

We all know that college is expensive, but there are always ways to save money. Here are a few tips to ensure that you aren’t wasting your precious dollars!

Take advantage of dining halls

If you are paying for a meal plan, USE IT. Although it is tempting to order pizza or drive to Chipotle for dinner every night, the expense of doing so will add up very quickly. Instead, treat yourself on the weekends or once every couple of weeks by going out to eat.

Rent, sell, or buy textbooks online

Textbooks from the school bookstore can be very expensive. You can spend up to $600 or $700 a year, just from buying books! I don’t know about you, but that is way too much money for me. Instead, rent a textbook for about half the price. Usually, unless it is a book relating to your major, you will never open it again once the class is over, anyway. However, if you do want to buy the book, shop online! There are many sites that let you rent and buy online such as bigwords.com or textbooktunnel.com. At the end of the semester, once you are done with the book, try selling it! Many universities have places where you can sell back your books, or you could sell them to a friend for a low price and still make money!

Carpool, bike far distances

When you need to get from one side of campus to another, there are alternatives to driving your car. Parking on campus can be expensive, not to mention the price of gas these days. Instead, see if someone you know is going to the same area, and carpool with them. Another alternative to driving could be to ride your bike or borrow a friend’s to get to where you are going. This will get you a little exercise too, which never hurts!

Make your own coffee/ tea at home

Invest in a coffee or tea maker for your room! This will save you money in the long run. Coffee shops can be expensive, especially if you are visiting them every day. This is an easy way to save money by making your own.

Save on laundry

Laundry can be expensive, but there are a few ways to save money doing it. One way to save is to air dry as much as you can. This will allow you to cut out the cost of using the dryer. Also, you should always run full loads. Wait to do your laundry until you have no other option but to do so. This way, you aren’t doing multiple loads when you could only do one. You could also share with friends by throwing in a few of your things and splitting the cost. Lastly, don’t use too much detergent. This is precious stuff in college! Don’t waste it.

Use these tips, and you will be sure to see some extra money in your wallet!


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for CollegeView.com. Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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