If one isn’t prepared for it, college life can be super expensive and not just in terms of classes and such. Just living can be expensive. Usually you’ve never had to fend for yourself and you aren’t exactly hip to saving methods or balancing a bank account. You might throw away thousands on a bunch of stuff you don’t even need. Yes, college life is a expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some saving methods that can help you out.
Living alone can be costly. Sure it’s convenient and peaceful in so many ways, but it can also cost an arm and leg, especially if you live in a bigger city. I recommend getting a roommate or two or three. They won’t only significantly cut down the price, but also they’ll add to the whole college experience. You can’t go wrong with having roommates.
Put Yourself on a Budget
Allow yourself to spend only a certain amount of money each month. Do so by taking out a lump amount at the bank. Once you have that cash in your hands, make it last. Don’t use ATMs as they come with a charge. This method is a great way to prepare you for the future as well. A budget is a good thing to have.
Save on Textbooks
Firstly, always buy used textbooks. There is no need to buy new ones when you can get the same material for a way cheaper price. It’s also a good idea to sell it back to the bookstore at the end of the semester. You’ll come through with a hefty little sum of money. There are also good websites you can use. If this doesn’t work try to buy the book from students who have already taken the course.
Eating out can be super expensive. It’s better to cook and if you don’t know how to cook then you should learn. Buy from the grocery store is so much cheaper and the food is usually of a better quality than what you’ll get at Burger King. Cook for dates as well. Instead of taking your date to a fancy restaurant, cook for them.