Saving money is never easy and it is especially difficult to do so for college students. The many costs associated with school include tuition, textbooks, housing, bills, and food and can add up to thousands of dollars. There are many things that students can do, however, to eliminate or decrease some of these costs while still maintaining a comfortable lifestyle.
One of the very first things that any student should do to decrease their debt is find affordable housing. Housing is the one area of expenses that most students pay way too much for, which can be avoided by simply browsing around for other options. Talking to friends or co-workers is a great way to find out and compare housing expenses, and the web can be another aid in a search for new housing as well. Usually larger houses with more bedrooms cost less in the long run as the bills and rent is divided between all of those who live in the building. So if a cheap one bedroom apartment is not an option, many students find it much more affordable to simply move in with a group of friends and split the costs.
Tuition and textbooks are usually expensive, but there are many things that students can do help pay for these expenses and save them money. For starters, grants for both tuition and textbooks are often available for those in financial need. An hour or so browsing the web for these grants could save thousands. If grants are not available, many students can often save on the cost of textbooks by purchasing books that are used. Some Universities have stores right on campus that allow students to purchase used books for a cheaper price than their new counterparts. In many cases simply finding a friend that has previously taken the course and can sell the textbook is the best choice.
Saving on bills is possibly the hardest part of living the college life. Little things like remembering to turn off the lights when they are not being used; or taking shorter showers can save hundreds over a semester. Phone and internet bills usually end up costing a large sum of money so some students can simply limit long distance calls or use the internet at school to avoid these costs. Most schools give students free access to wireless internet, so why not use it! Another important thing for any student to remember is that vehicles are expensive. If they do not absolutely need a vehicle, public transportation should be used instead. This will save on all of the bills related to the maintenance, gas, and insurance of a vehicle.
These are all things that are very easy to achieve and if combined can help to save students thousands of dollars in one year alone!