The school year is almost coming to an end, and before we know it, the new one will be starting. As college students, we don’t have the kind of money to afford everything we need. Here are some ways to survive college on a budget.
Find Alternative Ways to Pay for Books
First things first, we need to purchase books for the semester. A lot of people don’t do their research before buying books and end up spending more money than needed. After receiving the syllabus on the first day of class, it’s common to believe that you need to buy brand new textbooks. In actuality, doing that is the easiest ways to waste money. Think about purchasing used books as an alternative. Considering the book had a previous owner, you’re going to pay a lot less money for it. You can even rent books from websites like Amazon or Chegg as another option. These sites allow you to rent books for the semester and return them at the end of the semester. This way you’ll be paying less than half of what you were going to pay.
Another option is to buy the digital version of the book; not only is an iPad lighter, but it’s also more accessible. So when you’re enjoying your break in between classes, take out your iPad and start reading those chapters for homework.
Apply for Scholarships
The thing about scholarships that people don’t realize is that it is free money! A lot of individuals think that applying for scholarships is boring as they have to write a lengthy essay. What those people don’t know is that these days you don’t even have to write an essay to win. There are video submissions, photography submissions, even social media submissions for scholarships that add up to thousands of dollars. Look up some that peak your interest and start applying before the semester gets rolling. A little extra money can go a long way for college students, especially if it’s free.
Make Food At Home
When you get through your first week of school, you’ll notice that you spent about $50-80 on food alone. As a student, you can’t keep spending money like this. Think about shopping for lunch materials regularly to make packing lunch in the morning easy. Invest in memberships that allow you to purchase items in bulk from Costco. If you have a 30 pack of water, you won’t have to worry about buying a bottle or two every day. Having food and water with you is perfect for times when you’re on campus all day. It also keeps us away from the snack shops and more focused on our studies.
Campus Deals & Specials
Sometimes we just want to grab a quick bite to eat and have lunch with our friends. If you know about deals and specials around campus, you’ll feel better about purchasing lunch. There are usually lunch specials, happy hour, and daily specials that happen throughout the week. By engaging in these deals, you’ll save money, which is always great.
Go to Events
Typically, in college, many events happen on campus weekly. These events will usually have some form of entertainment and will give away food, prizes, school supplies, and so forth. It’s a great way to network while getting free things at the same time.
Going to school without knowing how to navigate yourself can make you spend more money than you need. With these tips, you’ll be able to take advantage of your resources and save more money while on campus.
Let us know what you do to survive college on a budget below!