College can be very expensive. Between paying for all of the various college expenses (tuition, lab fees, parking fees, computer fees, textbooks, and more), paying for a place to live, a car, food, cell phone, and other bills, it is very easy to feel like you are broke all the time as a college student.
Even though I feel like I have more bills than ever right now, there are tons of different ways that I am actually saving money right now as well. Nothing is too hard, and they are all great ways to save that can keep helping you into the future.Related links:
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Below are three ways to save money as a student:
Save money on textbooks.
I've talked about textbooks numerous times here on FITnancials.com. There is a reason for that, though. Textbooks are extremely expensive, and they seem to just keep getting more and more expensive each year.
In fact, my friend is only taking one class this semester (she is going for her masters and working full-time), and she had to get FOUR textbooks for just one class. The textbooks altogether cost her $500 and she bought them all used. I don't even want to know how much those four textbooks would have cost her if they were all brand new. It would have been insane.
There are plenty of ways to save money on textbooks if you are in college. One of my favorite ways is to rent. Sure, you don't get the pleasure of selling them back at the end of the semester and hopefully making some cash, but the chances of that happening are usually pretty slim anyways.
Have a budget.
I recommend you start a budget if you don't have one yet. And, if you do have one, I recommend that you look it over and see if there is anything that needs to be fixed. There is probably something in your budget that could be changed and improved.
Related: Ibotta is a money-saving app that allows you to get cash back on groceries (even fruits and veggies!) as well as hundreds of other items at major stores. Get $10 in your account by signing up here.
Cut your spending back.
Spending is something I am always trying to work on. I'm not perfect, but I do like to think that I am improving each and every month.
There is always something that can be cut back I think. Not many people have reached the point where there is nothing to cut back in. You might be able to cut back your food spending, your entertainment spending, your clothing spending, and so on.
Related: Check out Ebates to save money on your online purchases. It's free and easy to use and can give you cash back on thousands of items at hundreds of different stores. Get $10 in your account by signing up here.
How do you save money each month?