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5 Ways to Save on College Textbooks

Scared to step into your college bookstore? Paying full retail prices for your textbooks can really put a dent in your checking account. There’s no way to avoid buying textbooks. You need them for class, but nobody said you had to pay full price for them.

Read these tips and save big money:

Shop online: Usedtextbooks.net is a great place to find used textbooks online. The website searches other websites selling used textbooks and finds you the best price. All you need to do is search for the textbook by its ISBN to get the perfect match. I personally have saved up to 90 percent by using this website.

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Five Ways to Save Money in College

This is guest post from Jeff Cohen, blogger at TheTextbookGuru.com and CEO of CampusBooks.

There’s no getting around it: college is expensive. But while you may not be able to do anything about tuition costs, there are tried and tested ways to take control of your financial situation without sacrificing the cherished college experience. Here’s how to do it:

1) Books

It’s easy to save money on textbooks as long as you avoid the campus bookstore. Check with friends to see if anyone has taken the class before you and has the textbook to lend you or exchange. If you can’t borrow, you’re your books through sites like CampusBooks.com, which offer coupons and will compare prices from a range of booksellers to get you the best deals. After the semester ends, sell your used textbooks online and recoup some of your losses using the same sites.

2) Food

Learn to cook! Ditch the local fast food chain and learn how to prepare your own nutritious food. Healthy doesn’t always have to mean expensive—buy in bulk from warehouse clubs like Costco, go generic, clip coupons, and try your local Farmer’s Market for great bargains. When all else fails, however, ramen noodles are an acceptable, if stereotypical, fallback—it’s hard to beat at less than a dollar a package.

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Save Money for College During the Summer

Worried about how you’ll pay for next semester’s tuition bill? Summer may be the only free time you have to make the big bucks, but you’ll also want to spend your time off from school relaxing. This may sound like a major dilemma, but if you look at the following suggestions, you’ll be able to have a blast while bringing home some cold, hard cash.

Here are four jobs that will pay the bills and give you time for summer fun:

Bartender: Talk about making the big bucks; they can bring home $250 a night. Though you won’t have your nights free, you’ll have plenty of time to lounge at the pool during the day.

Movie theaters: I worked at a movie theater for three years and loved every minute of it. I got to see free movies on my day off and eat free popcorn on my break. Friday and Saturday evenings were always hectic, but the rest of the week was stress-free. Though you’ll likely have to work a lot of weekends, you may be able work less than 15 hours per week. That will give you plenty of time to hang out with your buds.

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6 Ways to Have Cheap Summer Fun

Is summer sucking the cash right out of your checking account? It’s easy to spend money we don’t have during the summer. Having all that free time from school makes it hard to just sit at home and do nothing. Plus, you want to spend money on the fun things you wanted to do but couldn’t due to your busy semester.

Not to fear. You can have your cake and eat it too with this list. Below are six money-saving ways to have the same amount of fun with less cash.

The movies: Go to a second-run theater. Ticket prices are less than half of new-release ones, and they provide the same experience. Eat dinner before, so you can skip the refreshments.

The pool: Forget those overly-priced water parks. You’ll be standing in line forever to ride your favorite slide, anyways. Make nice with the neighbors that have a swimming pool and go for a dip for free.

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How to Save Money on Hidden College Costs

Sure, college tuition may cost an arm and a leg, but when you figure all the other hidden costs, you can expect to spend your fingers and toes as well. It’s no surprise that you spend money beyond tuition, but you may be shocked by what the average college student purchases in two semesters and what it adds up to be.

Here’s some unbelievably costly college expenditures and how you can save on them:

Alcohol

The average yearly cost: $2,600

How you can save: When you go out, only get what’s on special, or mooch off of your peers, and drink at house parties. Even better, limit your drinking to only one night a week or a few times a month.

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Travel Home for the Holidays on the Cheap

airplaneIt’s hard to believe it’s almost that time, but the holiday season is right around the corner. For many students, that means wrapping up the semester and trying to head home for the holidays.

As a student, the key to getting home and enjoying your holiday time with the family is to get there spending as little money as possible.

Spending on a budget is nothing new for most college students, so below are some great ways to get home without breaking the bank.

  • Take a bus: Taking the Greyhound is notoriously cheap and you don’t have to worry about doing the driving. Of course, if you are traveling a long distance, you’ll need to plan this out. While taking a bus is very inexpensive, it can also be a time consuming process since you aren’t in charge of the schedule. Read the rest of this entry »


All Students Need a Savings Account

saving-moneyYay! It’s pay day! You’ve been working all week for this paycheck, and now it’s time to go live it up (a.k.a. spend every penny you’ve earned). Or, instead of blowing your check in one weekend, you could save some of it for a rainy day.

Wait, what? Why would you want to save any of your hard earned money? You’ve worked hard and deserve to go out and have fun on a Friday night, but part of being a responsible, working adult is having an emergency savings fund tucked away. Here are some reasons why it’s crucial to have an emergency fund:

You might need extra cash. There’s no telling what curve balls life will throw at you. It could be something unexpected, like needing to buy new tires for your car, or it might be something cool, like getting the opportunity to take a mini-vacation with your friends one weekend. Either way, it’d be nice if you had some funds stashed away to cover the expense.

You earn money from it. Most savings accounts earn a small amount of interest. However, no matter how little interest your savings account is earning, it’s still more money that you had before. When you have a savings account, the bank literally pays you. Why would you pass up free money?

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How to Save Almost $1,000 This Month

penny jar moneyWe all know that the average college student is not exactly rolling in dough. It’s hard to work 40 hours a week when you are taking a full course load, studying, being involved in campus, pursuing an internship, and trying to get enough sleep somewhere in that mix. As a result, we students need to be somewhat frugal with our money or else we might end up eating Ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Trust me, this is not at all pleasant.)

Here are some great tips to help you save almost $1,000  this month:

1. Brew your coffee at home instead of going to Starbucks. If you go to Starbucks every school day to get a burst of energy, you might as well just start handing them a portion of your paycheck each month. Face it: Starbucks is EXPENSIVE! Sure, the coffee is good, but is it really worth $4 or more for one cup o’ joe? I don’t think so. Try brewing your own coffee each morning or hitting up cheaper coffee shops, like McDonald’s. By eliminating Starbucks from your daily schedule, you could save up to $80 a month. Read the rest of this entry »



6 Unexpected College Expenses

money unexpected expensesYou’ve paid the tuition bill, so what’s next? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, guys, but if you haven’t figured it out already, it doesn’t end there. There are hidden expenditures that come with college and, no, I’m not talking about keg rentals or midnight Starbucks runs.

Here’s a list of unexpected, but unavoidable, college expenses and ways to save on them:

Textbooks: Plan on spending $1,000 or more on textbooks if you purchase them in the college bookstore. Check out Craigslist.com, Amazon.com and Ebay.com for new or used books. Check out Chegg.com for rental books. You can also purchase electronic versions of textbooks which can be half the cost of a printed version.

Electronics: You’ve got to have a computer and an alarm clock, right? It’s estimated that students spend almost $750 on these kinds of gadgets. But do you really need all of them? Things like iPods, game consoles and digital cameras are nice to have but you can live without them. Before you decide which electronics to buy, pick ones that you know you will use the most. Check out pawn shops and Craigslist.com to find deals on used electronics. Read the rest of this entry »



Campus Dibs Offers Deals for College Students

campus-dibs-logoMost college students consider themselves to be pretty broke, between the cost of tuition, textbooks and necessary electronics. But there’s a new way to find student discounts on stuff you need, like dorm furniture, or stuff you want, like cool book bags.

If you’ve ever used Groupon or a similar daily deal site, you already know how Campus Dibs works. You sign up using a college email address to get access to the daily deal. If you’re interested in it, you purchase it. Then, tell your friends and convince them to buy in too. If enough people buy in, you all get the discount.

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