College life can be expensive. This can range from tuition itself, depending on where you live, to residence, food, laundry and more. It seems that the bills keep mounting and the debt grows more and more. However there are some ways to shave the expenses you may incur.
Try to buy used textbooks by looking on your faculty building, library or book store. If there are books on reserve in the library you can borrow them free of charge during the school year and save money that way. Borrowing reserve books or books you can lend out can also help you develop more discipline in staying in the library to study.
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Skip big trips. Do not look at your friends taking trips to Cuba or Jamaica or any other far off place. How about take the time to either go back home and see family and friends instead? A vacation does not mean you have to go far away to relax, decompress or enjoy yourself. Take the time off to take advantage of extra time needed to catch up on studying or readings you may be behind on.
Take public transportation and avoid the gas and maintenance costs of having a car. Cars are expensive so remember public transportation is still there or carpool with a friend.
Watch the company that you keep. Avoid spending daily for food or lunch. Check if there are free lunches at your school. If you are trying to go on a cash diet, avoid people are splurge or are careless with their money as you may inadvertedly pick up their bad financial habits.