1. Get a job over the summer to save up some extra cash! Even a part time summer job can save you a decent amount of money for the school year and anything helps. This can be your spending money for your time at school!
2. Stock up on essentials before you leave for school. Go to places like Walmart and Target for your shampoo, soap, other toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Or try wholesale stores like Costco and BJ’s—buying in bulk will save you money in the long run and you won’t have to worry about buying those things when you’re at school.
3. Right before heading off to school, figure out exactly how much money you have saved up so you can plan out your budget. Then, set a weekly or monthly budget for yourself and stick to it!
4. If you have a meal plan, take advantage of it! Limit yourself to only going out to eat or ordering in a couple times a week so your cash doesn’t disappear too quickly. Going out to eat too often will start to add up so be careful!
5. Live off campus. Room and board is often very expensive and living off campus can save a lot of money. Splitting rent and groceries with roommates will be cheaper in the long run.
6. Buy or rent textbooks online (www.eCampus.com is a great option!) The books at your school’s bookstore will set you back a lot of money and the amount of money you can save buying or renting online is astronomical! Do some research and find your cheapest option.
7. If you need furniture, kitchen supplies, or other apartment essentials, ask family and friends if they have anything they’re not using or plan on getting rid of to save some money. Once you’ve done that, see what else you need and go shopping online or at discount/budget friendly stores. You don’t need to splurge on your college apartment!