Saving Easy Money As a College Student

Heading off to college for the first time or just another semester is a prime time to either unload your wallet or engage in some deep debt acquisition. But before you just spend, spend, spend there are some really simple and easy money saving tips that case ease the pain up to 35%.

It can take you a few minutes to save a ton of money on college textbooks at It helps people find the least expensive options including used and downloads. You enter your college into the search engine, select your class and options for buying or renting the required textbook are presented. For example, check out this biblical studies class offered at Wake Forest University.

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At the University bookstore the book is $49.99 but with some smart shopping you can get “A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew” for $27.46. A savings of 46%. Ask yourself, what would Jesus do?

When it comes to cutting costs on food, don’t start with the all included plan. Start with something more moderate so you can figure out how often you will actually eat on campus. Some schools even allow you to use “points” from your dinning pass at local stores and coffee shops.

Make your own coffee. It’s not really that hard and it’s cheaper than visiting Charbuks. Rather than unload a venti amount of money, if you make it yourself, it’s just flat out cheaper. In an upcoming column we might even share our secret on how to make really cheap cold brewed ice coffee at home. Takes far cheaper than coffee out.

If you are buying a computer for college, ask about student discounts. For example the HP Academy offers student discounts and so does Dell Academy. For those looking to be hip and cool, even Apple offers Apple Education Pricing.

Discounts with Student ID

Loads of student and college discounts are waiting for you. All you have to do is ask about it.

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Wandering up to the nearest college age looking sales associate and inquiring about student discounts is a really smart thing to do after you enter the store.

If you start routinely doing this you will be surprised how much money you can save just by asking the question.

Super college saving video by ayydubs.

The bottom line here is if you are a student with a current valid student ID, it absolutely does not hurt to ask for the student discount. What’s the worst that can happen, they say they don’t have one? – Source

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If you know about more student discounts, share them in the comments below.


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