Managing Your Expenses on a Student Budget
As if studying at college wasn’t stressful enough, students also need to make the most of the very little money they have. If this sounds like a challenge you’re attempting to prepare for, this is the article you should be reading.
It All Starts With a Job
A campus job, actually. The best places to work will be on your campus. Some great reasons are:
- These employers understanding when it comes time for study and exams
- The reduced commute helps to minimize wasted time
- The jobs often come with a campus-wide discount card (above your regular student card)
If you plan to get a job on campus, the best time to apply is yesterday. All of the jobs will be filled by the time you arrive on campus to start your semester.
If you aren’t able to get a job on campus, try to get one as close as possible, and one which offers as many benefits as possible.
Discounts and Bulk
If you are buying pizza, go somewhere that has a student discount. If you need a new shirt, head to the Groupon Coupons page for Nordstrom Rack. If you are looking for stationery supplies, get together with your classmates and order in bulk for lower prices.
The point is – if you can see a discount, use it!
Discounts can also be found by signing up mailing lists. For example, the pizza place mentioned above might offer a further student discount on multiple orders which is only sent out to their email subscribers. Instead of just dismissing them as they arrive, spend a minute and check if you can save.
Not Everything Needs to Be New
Did you know that many students go through their entire college journey without ever opening many of the books they are assigned? Instead of throwing them out, students are more than happy to sell them at a reduced price.
To find books, social media is going to be your best bet. Look for groups for students selling textbooks and advertise what you need for the semester.
Student life at college isn’t impossible. Is it difficult? Yes! Is it a challenge? Absolutely! Can you overcome it and come out the other end a better person? You bet you can!