10 Money Saving Tricks for College Students
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10 Money Saving Tricks for College Students

Money makes a college student holla!

Everyone knows budgeting is challenging, especially for college students. Seriously, it feels like there is never enough money for anything! Here are some money saving tips, especially for those of you in college. If you save on these essentials, you can splurge on some other more fun items!

1. Utilize All Aspects of Transportation
There are so many ways to get around campus, including bike rentals, walking, and utilizing your schools shuttle system. Bike rentals are common among campuses and are usually free. A short walk or shuttle ride can take you around the campus and to class.

2. Have a Small Meal Plan
Many colleges require you to have a meal plan. These plans give you a certain amount of meals weekly. The key to keeping payments low is to have one of the smaller meal plans. If you have a small amount of meals per week, you'll most likely use them. It's much cheaper to buy food at the store than it is to eat at the student union daily.

3. Eat at Home
Eating in is your best friend. While eating out is easier and might seem affordable at the moment, it's actually not. Three dollar meals from McDonald's can add up quickly. By making your own meals, you can create a budget to spend at the grocery store weekly and make meals accordingly.

4. Buy Your Textbooks Online
The college bookstore is not your BFF. There's plenty of places you can buy your books for half the price, such as Amazon. You can also talk with your professor to see if you can buy an older edition of the textbook or ask him after class if the text is even mandatory.

5. Sell Your Textbooks
Text books in good condition will sell for a lot. At the end of the semester, list all your books online or sell to classmates. There's thousands of websites where you can sell your used books. Amazon will sell them for you for a small fee.

7. Apply for Every Scholarship You Find
If you're paying your tuition out of pocket, it's extremely important to do this step. You can save yourself thousands just by writing an essay. While this may not always work, there's hundreds of scholarships out there that go unclaimed. Deadlines happen throughout the year so always be checking in your spare time.

8. Save Your Change
At the time, change might not seem like a lot, but it adds up. By creating a change jar, every few months you could have extra cash to use to buy books every semester or a use at the grocery store. All you have to do is add your change every time you have some, and eventually you'll have a full container.

9. Utilize Your College ID and Coupons
Student discounts are everywhere. Before purchasing something, try to find a student discount and always ask stores if they have one. Discounts are a college student's best friend. A few dollars saved can add up to be hundreds over the year.

10. Use the School Campus
Schools have hundreds of free activities going on, and some just might be fun. Always check to see what's happening on campus. Instead of going to a movie, stay on campus and participate in one of the activities. The campus is your free spot, so use it.

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The Art of Bullshitting

Or, how to artfully disguise the truth.

College truly does test your ability to pull whatever you can out of your ass to avoid getting called out in class. Whether it's to give an answer to a question you don't know or explain why your essay isn't even started, bullshitting will get you out of many a frying pan. Whether or not you land in an adjacent fire is dependent on how good you are.

Firstly, don't ever lie. Instead, artfully disguise the truth: "Why no, professor, I didn't simply not do the homework! I just misread the syllabus and got the dates for the assignments mixed up!"

If you're caught, lying could result in real academic repercussions; and it's also just a shitty feeling to know that your teacher will always think you're dishonest.

If you're telling a story as an excuse, don't embellish to the point where the hangover you skipped class to nurse was actually a bout of scarlet fever that had your roommate slogging 40 miles uphill both ways in the rain and wind for the village doctor. It was a "sudden head cold", that required bed rest and aspirin. Just don't mention you were watching Netflix while in bed.

It's also crucial--actually, vital--that you be quick on your feet. If you get asked a question and you gotta bullshit an answer, you have two seconds to start talking, and your first word absolutely cannot be, "Um". Professors have heard countless bullshit from students during their careers. They can smell hesitation and nerves, so if you start stuttering when under pressure, just give it up.

That's probably the most important aspect of bullshitting; that, since you aren't actually Ferris Bueller, you aren't impervious to academic authority, and therefore there are going to be times where you just... gotta take the punch. Like, once every few weeks? You're probably good. Once a class session? Well, I suppose the real question would be why are you even still there?

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10 Easy Ways to Save Serious Cash in School

...or a couple dollars, whatever

1.Shop the dining hall
You're pretty much required to pay for a meal plan, so take advantage of it. Grab a bagel from one line, sauce from another, and cheese from the salad bar to microwave your very own pizza bagel. You can find other essentials in the dining hall as well--like ramen noodles or rice.

2.Make your dorm room a kitchen (If your college trusts you to plug shit in)
Some colleges allow microwaves and fridges. If yours does, all you need is a microwave cookbook and you'll be living the life--from chocolate cake to quesadillas. Otherwise, you can use an iron for quesadillas. Or grilled cheese. You get the idea. Cheese.

3.Take advantage of the free shit
Colleges are already squeezing you for tuition, so take advantage of the free activities offered. From concerts and lectures (from people you actually care about, not just professors) look around for free stuff and then use it. Tutoring sessions count, too--math is hard!

4.Love to DIY (or fake it while you make it)
During your time away from home, you'll find that making new friends mean you have that many more people to get birthday gifts.

5.Rent or borrow textbooks
Shelling out for textbooks can mean major moolah, which you may or may not be able to get back by selling your books at the end of the semester. Instead, rent your books or try to borrow them from someone who has already taken the class.

6.Learn to suffer
If a major event comes up, skip it by playing the "starving student" card. This only works for four years of your life, so take advantage.

7.Don't be selfish and share your shit
Textbooks, clothes, food, whatever. Don't buy your own, go in on it with a friend, from cases of beer to shoes for a job interview.

8.Stay on campus
Sure, there might be plenty of stuff happening in the surrounding neighborhood. But by staying on campus you can avoid the temptation to spend.

9.Hang with other poor kids
It's always good to have rich friends willing to pay your way. Haha, we kid. But if you have to spring for yourself, find friends that are in a similar financial situation to yours. Most people are poor in college; it's part of the deal.

10.Learn from others
Everyone has their own money-saving methods. Keep your ears open to learn how other people get away with saving money, from sneaking ketchup packets to finagling more financial aid.

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Earn Money Easily: The Best Jobs For College Students

Better than stripping your way through college.

1. Babysitting. Yes, you'll have to be in charge of another human for a while, but babysitting is one of the most lucrative gigs a student can get. And it's under the table so no taxes are taken out! You only have to work when you want to, which means you won't have to worry about asking for time off on big football weekends or for weekend trips. Plus, who doesn't love babies!?

2. IT Help Desk. Want to make money with minimal effort? Sign up to work in IT help or as an attendant in your school's computer labs. The university has to pay someone to sit in there so students aren't unattended, but the most strenuous of your tasks will likely be replacing the paper in the printer. Bonus: most places will let you do homework or watch Netflix while your paycheck rolls in.

3. Peer Tutor. Signing up to be a peer tutor not only lets you support other students, it also gives you a great line on your resume. Having prior experience teaching others looks good on any job application, especially for teachers and academics.

4. Online employment. If you don't need a ton of money and just want to earn a few bucks between classes, look into doing surveys or small tasks for people online. I earned a decent amount of money doing administrative tasks for people on Fancy Hands, and I know people who have had good luck with surveys on SwagBucks.

5. Dining Hall. While not the most glamorous job, working in the dining halls on your campus lets you make your schedule around your classes, so you never have a conflict. You'll learn a little bit about cooking while you work, and most places give you a free or discounted meal on shift, too.

6. Research. Most labs on campus need help conducting research for major academic projects, and they're willing to pay you to help. Reach out to professors you're close with to see if they know of any opportunities, and ask them to refer you. Not only will you get paid well and have a flexible schedule, you'll learn something while you do it. Research experience looks great on a resume, and it's applicable in any field.

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How to Not Spend Every Last Penny in College

Those shoes aren't even that cute, girl.

I get it. All your friends are hitting the mall this weekend because so-and-so needs a formal dress. And of course you want to stop at Target on the way because you need more string lights and/or a cute new lamp for the apartment. You want to stop at Chipotle, too? Why not? What really is *money*?

I never thought I would be the stereotypical broke college student until I was hit in the face with the harsh reality of my card being declined. Thank God it was on an online order so the cashier didn't see me cry. I just saved those heels to Pinterest and moved on with my life.

Why in the world is it so hard to save money? What is it about being all on our own in the real world that leads us to believe it's OK to drop $100 on fraternity philanthropy t-shirts throughout the year? Do we honestly need that many?

Instead of listing off the hundreds of things that we all know we blow those hard earned bills on, I'll be generous enough to share some of my newly learned knowledge on how to do the opposite: SAVE.

First of all, are those shoes even cute? Just because they're 75 percent off does not make them that much more appealing. Take a second look at the 37 things in your cart and really, really evaluate whether, you'll wear them at all, their level of practicality, and what else you'd spend that $150 on. Music festival tickets? Gas for a month? Birthday gift for the beau? You get the idea.

Secondly, set a budget. Really. I know this probably seems like a thing your Grandma does, but I swear it helps. Figure out how much (if anything) you bring in a month from your work, and subtract the things you KNOW you'll spend money on. Gas, groceries, Starbs, you get the jist.

Then add in your 'extra-curriculars' we'll call them. Shenanigans on the weekend? Maybe $20. Sunday brunch? $15. Need to send home a thank you letter to your Grandma because she remembered your birthday six months ago? $5 for express mail. Sorry Grandma. This way, you won't be surprised when you run out of money because you'll know exactly where it went! Ta-da!

Lastly, find a job you enjoy (enough). If you absolutely dread each day of work, it's going to make it that much harder to get your ass out of bed each day.

Do a little research, and get out there doing something that excites you, and gives you the cash you need to get those god-awful shoes you wanted.

Plenty of campuses have career resource centers that are perfect for lining something up, or at least giving you the opportunity to get yourself an interview and allow you to showcase that *sparkling* personality everybody loves.

All in all, you're on your own. College is a time for getting out of your parent's house and learning how to do things for yourself. If you blew all your money during #SB2k16, you're definitely not alone. Everybody does it now and then, which isn't a horrible thing because, lesson learned. Look at you now! Reading up on how to save. Snaps for you.

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Tips for Traveling on a College Budget

Start saving now.

1. Start saving now.
I know it's hard. Especially with all the money you spend on gas and alcohol. But if you just put away a little cash with your paycheck, loan refunds, and birthday money, you can make it to a great place! The more you save, the farther away you can go and the more drinks you can buy. Spring break is far away, so if you start this summer, you can easily make up the money to get yourself to Cancun.

2. Ditch the dream hotel.
While it would be nice to stay in the Marriott, you just don't need to. Almost all of the money you save for your trip is going to go towards where you sleep. And honestly, if you're in an awesome place, you should spend your time exploring!! Realistically you're not going to spend that much time in your room.

If you're traveling abroad, try staying in a hostel. Hostels get a bad wrap, but they are nice and they are a third of what you're going to spend on a hotel. I have stayed in hostels in Argentina and Ecuador and I spent $10 a night and they gave me breakfast in the morning. It sounds sketchy, but it really isn't and is definitely worth looking into. If you find the right one, they are clean and you have a hot shower. Check out this great article on tips to staying in hostels!!

If you're traveling inside the US, hostels can be a little more expensive. They can range from $30 to $80 per person, which still isn't terrible. But another awesome option for housing while you're on a road trip is airbnb. You can stay in an extra room in someone's house for WAY cheaper. It makes it easier to make pit stops to cute places during your road trip!!

3. Groupon Getaways
This is something I've recently discovered and I'm obsessed. I love scrolling through Groupon and seeing all the places I can go FOR SO CHEAP! At first, I thought it was a scam because there's no way you can go to the Bahamas for $549 including airfare. BUT I consulted my mom who works for a travel insurance company (I also consult her for everything in my life), and she says most Groupon Getaway deals are legit. If you read the comments and reviews and the fine print, there's no scamming. Just a great affordable vacation. And who doesn't want that?

4. EF College Trips
This is another website like Groupon, except it is specifically for college kids. College Trips has a trip for every kind of college student. The trips range from a week to 15 days and usually tour a couple of cool cities during the trip. There are tons of fun places to chose from, like London and Paris or Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. There are trips that go south too, like a Costa Rican Adventure or a trip to Belize.

All of these trips look amazing and the prices range from $2,000 to $4,000. It seems like a lot, but unlike the Groupon Getaways, it includes EVERYTHING. The price includes your flight, hotels, planned activities, tours, and excursions! Every day has a plan and this travel site is awesome because every activity is aimed at college students, so they look freakin' FUN.