Saving Money as a Poor College Student

Saving Money as a Poor College Student
Saving Money as a Poor College Student
The stereotypical college student lives on Ramen Noodles bought with change they scavenged from in between couch cushions. Any additional money they find is used on tuition, textbooks, gas and bills. Being in college truly is a lesson in money management. Most college students can only work part-time minimum wage jobs while they balance study time and play time – the latter of which can be costly itself. You have to make the most of what little you have.

Food is an absolute necessity. So even though most of your money may go towards tuition, the next largest portion should be devoted to a healthy diet. Avoid going broke – and the freshman 15 – by bypassing fast food restaurants and bar food. Eat out once or twice a week but no more. Trade soda for water, chips for yogurt, cookies for fresh fruit, and pastries for oatmeal – all can be bought in bulk for a cheap price at your local grocery store. Give cooking your best shot. You can spread out a meal over a couple of days by eating leftovers for lunch. Use store discount cards and coupons; although they may seem gimmicky, the savings really do add up. Utilize your campus meal plan and frequent the dining hall.

If you have a car, scraping up enough gas money to get from point A to point B can be a challenge. That problem can be alleviated by exploring alternative methods of transportation. Most colleges offer excellent public transportation systems. For example, West Virginia University offers Personal Rapid Transit (PRT), which are electric computer driven rail cars that arrive to their stations with the swipe of a student ID card. Just about every campus has a bus system that stretches miles beyond campus. If you live close to campus, walk or ride your bike to class. Not only will you avoid driving, but you’ll shed a few extra pounds. You can also try carpooling with friends with whom you attend class during the same time of day.

Buying clothes can be another problem. But college students these days hardly get dressed up to go to class; sweatshirts, athletic shorts and tattered school T-shirts are the norm on most campuses. Don’t hesitate to frequent your local thrift stores. You can find more current styles if you look hard enough, and at a fraction of the price when compared to department stores. Also, buy used textbooks though internet marketplaces like amazon.com instead of pricey new books from your school store. It’s important to be creative and find cheaper options everywhere you can. The more money you save on the essentials – food, gas, clothing and books – the more you’ll have to use for your personal endeavors.
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