Money! Money! Money! This is something that has been very essential in our day to day lives. Every body wants more of it each and every day. When in college saving money can prove to be a little difficult but the only way out is that you have to be disciplined and dedicated to do it. The first thing to do is open a checking account, in this case with a student friendlier feature. There several areas that affects a student life that you will have to at in order to achieve this.
Books and textbooks
These are vital and are the main reason you are in college. So you have to buy them, there are different ways to save. You might consider buying your books earlier to avoid the last minute rush since most stores will sell them at a discounted price. You can borrow from you family friends who had them. Consider buying used textbooks either on amazon.com.
We all have to eat. In the case of where a student live in campus hostels and there is provision of a meal plan it is good to utilize that. By doing this you will save a lot buy avoiding fast foods i.e. burgers and fries. Consider having your own coffee maker in your room thus save the money.
Beer is where most of student’s money is spent. The better option in this is not to drink but if you must drink there are ways to do it and still save. You can be cheap, buy you beer in bulk this is much cheaper. You can go out only on special occasions when most bars have special offers on beer. You can choose to join a beer club if you must.
Most student need a computer, when shopping for it look for special student offers where you can get a good computer copier scanner at wonderful price. Companies i.e. apple have student offers. If you don’t need a computer don’t buy it save the money.
Entertainment – Music, Movies, Arts and Culture
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, so there is need for entertainment. You can save money buy joining clubs such as the music, drama, Rent DVD club. You can also use you computer to watch cable TV other than buying a TV set. Choose to download you music other than buy.
When doing shopping its advisable no go to the high ended since most of other goods and services seem expensive. Try going for second hand quality good i.e. clothes, accessories, computers and printers.
Transportation and travel
There is need to move from on place to another as a student other than using your car you can use the public transport system which is cheaper. By this you will avoid paying parking fees and buying gas. Consider buying a bike or a skate board. You can choose to live near the campus thus walk to school thus save the money. While going for longer trips buy your own drinks and food this will be much cheaper.
When living in an apartment, you can choose to share the expenses on toiletries, and other essentials. You can use the web to communicate its much cheaper and some free. You can also choose to volunteer as a tutor, caterer, this will enable you to make same extra cash to save. In case you pay your own bills it’s advisable to pay them in time to avoid late payment charges. Also when it comes to doing laundry consider doing your own other than paying someone else to do it and save the buck.
In order to achieve this you need discipline and dedication to it and I am certain you will achieve it.