Let’s face it: college is expensive. Between spending on tuition and textbooks, it might feel like you barely have any money left to spend on yourself. However, with slight modifications to your lifestyle habits, you can have more money to burn. Here are some ways to stretch your dollar during an expensive time of your life. And, if you ever find yourself about to spend beyond your means, remember the words of Jay Z:
“If you can’t buy it twice, you can’t afford it.”
1. Rent textbooks or opt for an E-book
Chances are, the $100 textbook you have to buy for your history class will only be used for that semester. Instead of creating a hole in your pocket by paying full price for textbooks, rent your books. Amazon is a great place to start if you are looking for rental books, plus the return process is easy. If you are hesitant about renting a book, getting the e-book version is another option. A plus side to e-books is that you don’t have to worry about lugging the book all around campus.
2. Use the campus gym
Exercising and staying fit is important in college. With part of our tuition going towards the athletic and gym facilities at Swinney Rec Center, it’s important to utilize the facilities you are already paying for instead of spending more money by paying for an off-campus gym membership.
3. Make your own coffee
As much as we love heading to coffee shops to work while sipping on a $5 iced mocha, buying coffee all the time can slowly deplete your bank account. Instead, invest in a Keurig or a French Press. You will be saving money in the long run, and you can indulge in caffeine whenever you want.
4. Attend events on campus
On-campus events are usually free to attend and have free food as well—it’s the best of both worlds. Furthermore, these events will allow you to meet new people. Download the Roo Mobile app to find out more about events happening on campus.
5. Dig through thrift store racks
Instead of heading to the nearest Forever 21 to buy a cute top for a birthday dinner, head to a thrift store first. You will most likely find what you are looking for at a fraction of the cost. Goodwill, Savers and Arizona Trading Company (in Westport) are some great examples of local thrift stores for you to frequent.