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 One of the greatest fears and obstacles that all of us need to overcome when planning on going or attending college is the sudden realization that “oh my gosh, I’m broke!" 

This idea is further ingrained in our brains when practically everyone says they’re going on the ‘Cup o’ Noodles’ diet while attending college.

Now let’s avoid this added stress to the already stressful idea of going to college with possibly leaving home, making new friends, choosing a major, decided the path of your life, finding a ‘good’ roommate…whoa, feel the pressure?

Lucky for you, I have some quick and very helpful tips that you can add on saving and spending money for college life before or while attending college to take some of that stress away from your already overloaded plate.

One of the greatest expenses disregarding tuition for just a moment are textbooks. But trust me there are ways to bring down those planet-like costs. The best option is, if you have enough time on your hands, use the Internet.

One site that I used for every single one of my college textbooks is The great thing with Amazon is they provide students with a free Amazon Prime membership for a year, giving you free two-day shipping. 

Now if you’re looking to save costs, buy used both online and in-store. Or, ask friends who’ve had the same classes! Another quick tip is to find a part-time job if you can, whichever it may be – It will be some form of fairly consistent income. That is if you’re not a celebrity or super duper wealthy.

Another primary expense is food! We all need it and we’d all love to get it for free. So if dumpster diving isn’t quite your thing, do your research. See which meal plan you’d prefer if you choose to use one. 

If not, be smart with your budget. Clip coupons (it’s really popular these days) and start a super savings card at the local supermarket.

Best thing of all, if you live in a suite, split grocery shopping on ‘store-brand’ products and cook less expensive meals like huge pasta dishes (that make great lunches for the following day) with your roomies.

All in all, the main idea is to budget yourself. Keep track of your expenses, collect receipts and don’t feel embarrassed to do so. College can be tough on your wallet, but it doesn’t have to be. Hope this helps, enjoy!

About the author


Brooklyn-based Margaret Skowronska is a St. Francis College Communications and Business graduate with an intense curiosity that fuels her drive. She strongly follows the inspirational words of Norman V. Peale, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

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