College Students are known to be bad savers. Some of them use credit cards, their parents' money, or loan money to buy unnecessary things. Other college students may think that they can’t save money, but good news, you can. The price to go to college goes up every year, and we have to start saving some money and not throw it all away. I started off by saving about 10% of my paycheck every month. I eventually moved to using coupons. I had some friends that thought I was crazy when I started using coupons to buy things. Coupons can help save you some money that can go somewhere else that is important. I also use store sales to my advantage whenever I go shopping. I try not to buy things that are regular price unless I really want or need it. College students are already struggling to keep money, so why should you make it harder on yourself?
Tips for Saving While in College
• Try to buy used textbooks online or at your campus bookstore. Also, when it’s time to sell your textbooks, check and see what your campus bookstore is offering and then check online for a better deal.
• Start looking at sales papers from Wal-Mart, Target, your local grocery stores, and some of your favorite clothing stores. Why should you pay regular price for something when you can get it cheaper? This also comes in handy around back to school time. Stores will have plenty off deals that can help you save on school supplies.
• Start clipping coupons. There is nothing wrong with shopping with coupons in your hands. When people look at you funny, just know that they are spending more money than you are. You can find coupons for groceries online at places like coupons.com, redplum.com, smartsource.com, and many others. You can find coupons for clothing stores by simply searching “xyz coupon” into a search engine. Also subscribe to your favorite stores’ emails.
• Start shopping at places like eBay, Craigslist, Hudson’s Dirt Cheap, yard sales, and thrift stores to find items that you need at cheaper prices. Sometimes when people are moving out, you can find some good items for FREE that they through out on the side of the road.
• Start shopping early for things you know you will need. It may seem a little silly, but if you find something that is really cheap, you should go on and get it. Why? Because it may not be there the next time at that good price. I started shopping for my apartment for the next year while I was still in my dorm that fall semester.
Don’t be embarrassed about being “frugal.” After those friends saw how much I was saving, they wanted in on it too. You can always use that extra money you saved to go on road trips, to parties, to restaurants, and sporting events. Saving now can also help you when you graduate from college and get a job. Since the economy is not at its best right now, it’s never too early to start saving because you never know what the future may hold. I hope these tips have helped you find ways to save more money while in college.
Tips for Buying and Selling Textbooks
One of the most dreaded things to buy in college is textbooks. Textbooks can be very expensive for every major. My textbooks cost about $500 my freshman year. They wouldn't buy back some of my textbooks, because they were either loose-leaf or an older edition. The bad part about textbooks is that they always seem to come out with newer editions every year and there you are stuck with a book that you don't want or need. Also, a lot of colleges and universities are getting into the custom textbooks market. Sometimes these books are expensive and you can only buy them from your school. After my freshman year, I began to conquer the system to get my textbooks cheaper and get most of my money back.
- I have found that it is a whole lot cheaper to buy books online. My university has now started releasing the ISBN numbers for our textbooks. This is great, because now it's easier to search for your books online and you know it's the right one.
- I really recommend looking on Ebay, Facebook marketplace, and search engines. In the search engines, all you have to do is type in "textbooks" and several websites will pop up. I have used textbooks.com, half.com, and many others.
- Make sure the textbook websites (not Ebay or Facebook) have a good return policy. Most of them will give you 30 days to return the book for a full refund.
- Sometimes you have no other choice but to buy textbooks from your school. It is easier to figure out what books you need because they are divided into the classes that are given at your school.
- Some schools will say that you have to buy the custom edition. You can get around that because the custom editions are just regular textbooks that have chapters taken out of them. Make sure that this is the case for that perticular textbook.
- Remember to shop around at different bookstores in your town to find the best price.
- Another thing you can do is to rent textbooks. I have done this twice. I usually rent the textbooks when it is cheaper to rent than buy and try to sell the book back.
- Renting is very easy to do. You select the amount of time you need the book and you rent it. Chegg.com and campusbookrentals.com both have good services. They will give you free return shipping and you also can return your but in about 30 days for a full refund.
- I would definately sell your textbooks online than selling them back to the campus bookstore. Why? Because you will get most of your money back.
- The only exception to this rule is if you bought a custom edition book. The online bookstores will not take these back. You will have to sell them back to your campus bookstore, sell to a student, or keep the textbook.
- Make sure you search around online to find the best price for selling back your book. You can always sell the textbook on Ebay, half.com, or Amazon, just to name a few, on your own.
- Please take care of your textbooks, so someone can buy it back from you. Nobody wants a textbook that's water damaged, highlighting or writing on numerous pages. Always ask yourself first if you would buy the book back and that should help you with any questions about the condition.
I hope these tips have helped you save on textbooks. There is no way around not buying textbooks if you want to succeed. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment please do.