Ways to Save Money in College
College isn’t cheap which is why we brought Samantha Sajina, an economics student from Montclair State University to share her top tips on how to save money in college.
Sometimes, college makes you feel like this…
But it doesn’t have to! Here’s a few tips on how to save money while in college.
Buying Textbooks :
Avoid the bookstore, and instead use websites like bigwords.com, which is a textbook aggregator; it looks at the prices of textbooks on various sites and finds you where you can purchase your book for the lowest cost. Another good option for online textbook purchase is Chegg.
Older editions are often much less expensive, but make sure to ask your professor if an older edition will suffice before you make your purchase. Also, if you have a friend in the class, you can offer to split the cost of the books between yourselves. Some textbooks are also available to rent from the library, but be careful as this isn’t always reliable.
Selling Textbooks :
When selling back books, bigwords.com will look at multiple book buyback sites to find where you can get the most money for your books.
You can also post your unwanted textbooks on your school’s Facebook page, or even contact the professor to see if they can match you up with a student who needs a book in the professor’s next semester class.
(you when you sell your textbooks back)
Apply to be a Community Assistant :
Community assistants (or resident advisors, the position name often varies between colleges) often receive reduced or free room and board in exchange for involvement with the dorm. In addition to that, you’ll engage with other students and potentially be able to plan meetings and events (with free food! More savings!).
Get Involved On Campus :
Libraries often have movies to borrow, and clubs and organizations usually give out free food if you come to their meetings. Check the school’s calendar of events for various activities. Also, it’s unnecessary to pay for a gym membership if your school has a recreation center!
Student Discounts :
Check out if your college offers any discounts. My college is close to NYC and offers discounted bus and train tickets, as well as discounts to shows on Broadway. The Student Government Association at my college also offers free movie tickets, free software, and information on which restaurants around campus offer discounts.
In addition to using Amazon for purchasing books, as a college student you can sign up for Amazon Prime to become eligible for free shipping on all purchases for one year. Use this on textbooks, video games, food, or whatever else you might need. Who knows, maybe they’ll drop it at your dorm room using a drone!
So there you have it! My top tips on how to save money in college. Implement some of these tips into your daily college routine, and you’ll see the savings start piling up :). Just don’t go blow all your newfound money at one time!