Our first guide to saving money in college was so popular that we decided to do another. There are certainly more than 10 or 20 ways to pay for college, but we feel that it's useful to highlight the best strategies. So without further ado, let's get into ten more ways to save money in college.
When it comes to futons, chairs, refrigerators and sofas, it is much better to buy used than new. Look in the school paper, on kiosks and in library bulletin boards for used essentials. As the year comes to an end, befriend some seniors who are graduating and ask what they plan to do with their stuff. Make an offer and save a ton of money for things that you'll probably just sell when you graduate anyway.
Your college campus is really a mini-city that offers all kinds of perks. Most schools have fitness centers and pools that you can use for free just by flashing your student ID. Many offer free or low-cost tutoring and remedial education programs, and some even have day care if you have a child. Plus, you can save on magazine subscriptions and DVD rentals by using your school's library.
Your largest expense besides rent is probably food. Eating out is particularly hard on your budget, as the typical meal purchased at a restaurant will cost you three times more than a comparable meal made at home. But who wants to slave over a hot stove and wash pots and pans? Well lucky for you that you live in the 21st century where the microwave is now a standard kitchen (and dorm room) appliance. You can make almost any dish in the microwave and for a fraction of the cost of eating out. If you need some recipes, take a look at http://www.recipesource.com.
Gen and Kelly Tanabe
Founders of SuperCollege and authors of 13 books on college planning.
By: Gen & Kelly Tanabe
Need money for college? Stressed over how to pay the next tuition bill? Searching for a way to get a degree without going broke? Whether you need a full-tuition scholarship or a little extra cash to make ends meet, 1001 Ways to Pay for College provides students and parents with the answers.