Money-Saving Tips You Learn AFTER Your First Semester Of College
Start writing a post

5 Priceless Money-Saving Tips You Learn AFTER Your First Semester Of College

Making money as a full time student is tough, so in my first semester I focused on ways I could make what I had grow.

5 Priceless Money-Saving Tips You Learn AFTER Your First Semester Of College

We've all heard the cliche about the broke college students. It's not till you get to college till you realize just how quickly your money could disappear. Now, as an officially broke college student, I've picked up a couple tips to make that $3.75 you have left in your checking account stretch until the end of the semester.

1. Use your meal plan

You have it for a reason, so use it. My first week of college I spent the majority of my time eating at the restaurants on campus rather than using my meal swipes. And in the end, it really wasn't worth it. Dining hall food can be unappealing at times, but in the long run, it'll save you so much money. Save eating out as a treat for yourself, rather than an everyday occurrence.

2. Rent your textbooks

I cannot stress this enough, if you have the option to, ALWAYS rent your textbooks. I waited till syllabus week to buy all of my textbooks and felt rushed by one certain professor to obtain the textbook, this led me to panic and ended up buying $200 worth of textbooks for a single class. Selling your textbooks is always an option, but you never get back the same amount you paid for it, so it's much safer to rent.

3. Take advantage of your school's night transportation options

At Rutgers, we have a bus system. After the buses stop running there's a service available that will transport you from campus to campus. Many universities have these available and it's a much cheaper option than an Uber. If Ubering is your only option, try to order it before the rates spike or take one with multiple people, so you can split the fare.

4. Keep food in your dorm

Dining halls close at certain times, and unless your school has an after-hours takeout option in your dining hall you could be stuck ordering out for dinner. Keep snacks or microwaveable food in your dorm so you won't have to order out, it's more convenient for you and will save you a couple bucks.

5. Invest in a reusable water bottle

I cannot stress enough my belief on how unnecessary it is for someone to pay for water. College campuses are filled with water fountains, invest in a reusable water bottle so you can fill it up throughout the day. You'll quickly notice how much money you're saving when you're no longer spending $2.00 on water twice or three times a day.

* * *

When it comes to saving money in college, you quickly pick up tips here and there. The most important of all being download Venmo and don't be that person that doesn't Venmo.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments