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How Students Can Save Money at College

With the school year beginning or about to begin for students across the country, many college kids are looking for ways to save money during the year. We’re here to help! Here are some tips for college students to save a buck here and there! 

Skip the Bookstore 

The school’s bookstore may have all the textbooks you’re looking for, but they’re going to be expensive and even if you sell them back after the year you’ll only get pennies on the dollar. Look online at sites like eBay or Amazon for the textbook. Or, find past students who still have their old textbooks to buy from them. 

Use Public Transportation or Bike 

There may be a lot of advantages to having a car at college, but between paying for things like monthly payments and insurance, and likely parking too, it’s not worth it. Get a bus pass or a bike to get around. 

Hunt for Student Discounts 

No matter if you’re shopping for clothes, food or anything in between, there’s a good chance there’s a student discount you can take advantage of. Here’s a great list of national businesses with discounts for students. 

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Figure Out a Budget and Stick with It 

For a month, track all your expenses and at the end of the month put it all together in a budget and see what you can do without. Then, stick to it the rest of the year. This site offers a great budget tool! 

Cook Yourself 

It may fun to go out and grab a bite to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it can add up to a lot of money if you’re not careful. Learn to cook for yourself and make generous portions so you can eat leftovers over multiple days. 

Consider All Scholarships 

There are a lot of great scholarship opportunities for students to take advantage of. There are many you may not have never heard of that only a few students even apply for. Smaller scholarships may be only worth a couple hundred dollars, but every cent counts. Talk to your advisor about little-known scholarships you could apply for. 

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