About to start the school year and feeling short on cash already? Stocking up on Ramen Noodles is one way to go, but here are some other simple ways you can save a buck while in college this year. Next
Get a bike
The combination of gas bills, insurance payments, and those bright orange Boston parking tickets can really cut into your party budget. If you leave your wheels at home for the year, not only will you save money, you'll also help stave off the freshman 15 by biking, blading, or just walking around campus.
Try coordinating schedules with friends and turn the trip into a social event. Just remember, if you're traveling on two wheels you may want to invest in a heavy-duty bike lock. Next
If your workload allows it, get a part-time job on campus or nearby. A local office or the university/college library are always good choices because they may come with perks: free copies/printing, the ability to do your homework on the job, and no late fees. Next
Make it yourself
Fast food may be cheap compared to restaurants, but it adds up. If you have a kitchen accessible and can handle the task of boiling water, grab a coupon book and start clipping.
If you're busy and don' t have time to cook every day, whip up a couple meals like chicken or pasta over the weekend, plop them in tupperware containers, and stick them in the fridge. Later in the week, the "fast food" will come in handy. Keep in mind it only saves you money if you eat it all. Next
Do a little canning
Try taking empty beer and soda cans to the local supermarket and cash in.
If you are that desperate for money, go to the fraternity houses and partner with them to recycle their cans. Next
Apply for every scholarship possible
It can't hurt to apply, and who knows, a couple hundred dollars here, a couple thousand there can help you to start chipping away at any debt you may be accruing. Plus, if you win that's one more thing to put on your resume.
Fastweb.com and your school's career center are great places for information. Next
Open free checking and savings accounts
Scour the area for banks catering to students. Make sure you can access online banking, pay bills, and manage your account without attached fees. Next
Invest in a coffee machine
That morning cup o' joe will cost anywhere from $1.50 to $3.50 depending on your tastes.
Rather than racking up hundreds of dollars in caffeine costs a year, try buying a quality coffee maker or small espresso machine for your dorm room or apartment. Next
Most university bookstores offer buy-backs. While you probably won't get a full refund, you make some quick cash.
If you have the option, you can also rent your books online. Be careful not to pay for something that is only a study guide or an online version, but websites like Chegg.com or Amazon.com can save a lot of money even if you do have to pay for shipping.
Have an e-reader? Use it for class. Textbooks are sold for discounted rates and you don't have to worry about what to do with them once the semester ends. Next
Stick with the family plan
If you can, stay on your parents' cell phone bill. If they're on a family plan, it'll be cheaper per person with the extra line, which is good for them, but also is also usually less expensive than having an individual plan. Back to the beginning
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