How can I save money as a college student?

Stretch your dollar further with the following money-saving tips:

  1. Buy or rent used textbooks and sell last semester’s books back.

  2. Don’t make impulse purchases.

  3. Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry.

  4. Limit the number of times you eat out monthly.

  5. Cut out vices – smoking and binge drinking are terrible for you and expensive.

  6. Always pay bills on time to avoid late fees.

  7. If you have a credit card, pay it off as quickly as possible. (It’s good to establish credit, but a bad credit score follows you everywhere.)

  8. Walk, use public transportation or ride a bike instead of having a car.

  9. Live with others so you can split rent and utilities.

  10. Consider more basic phone packages or plans that include unlimited texting with free incoming calls

  11. Don’t buy the most expensive college meal plans. Figure out what you actually consume and get the correlating package.

  12. Shop where they offer student discounts. There are so many places that offer discounts to students with a school ID.

  13. Look into a campus gym versus a gym in town. Many colleges offer memberships for free or at a reduced rate for students.

  14. When planning meals, make dinner with friends and split the cost of groceries. Often times, you’ll be cooking too much for one person anyway!

  15. Don’t buy unnecessary school supplies. Why buy cumbersome notebooks when you can type on your laptop? It’s better for the earth anyway!

  16. Don’t buy books you will only need for a short period of time – check them out from the library instead.

  17. Take advantage of what your campus has to offer in terms of activities, rather than spending money on going out. Many campuses have an array of museums, offer movie nights and other social events for cheaper or, sometimes, for free.

  18. Skip expensive spring break and summer trips – look into alternatives, like volunteering, instead.

  19. Wait to get a pet until after college – a pet can become very expensive. Not only do you have another mouth to feed, but veterinary bills are costly. If you love animals, there are plenty of shelters that need volunteers.

  20. Go to class. You’re paying for it and skipping is like throwing money out the window!

  21. Drink water. It’s free and better for you, anyway.

  22. Make your own coffee. While coffee shops are convenient, they charge hefty prices that really add up over time.

  23. Never take out a loan for anything that’s unrelated to your education.

  24. Don’t buy music. Use the free services like Spotify or Pandora offer.

  25. Consider becoming a resident advisor. Many get free room and board.

  26. Avoid buying name brand items. Purchase generic items whenever possible. They are exactly the same item, at a highly reduced price. You can even check the ingredients to make sure!

I believe it is also important to keep track of one’s savings and expenses. There is no need to make every purchase a pain, but being conscious about it would ensure that the individual is critical of their spending.