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Best Ways for College Students To Save

By: Kendra Tate, featured writer (ktate3@uic.edu)

Books. Food. Eating out. Movies. Drinks. Clothes. Phone bills. Music. Rent. Gifts. Shoes. This list can go on, and on, and on, for days. As young college students, money seems to be the most important factor in our lives in many ways; from borrowing it to spending it. However, it’s always advantageous for us college students to learn to save it, because eventually those loans need repaying and we’re still going to have bills and mom and dad aren’t always going to bail us out.

Being in for many students can be overwhelming, stressful, and even very expensive at times. Although many college students obtain jobs, sometimes those paychecks can be spent fast and extra money is still needed.

Here are some easy ways to save money:

  1. Save on entertainment. If you’re not using your Netflix account, get rid of it. More money in your pocket
  2. Use public transportation instead of driving. (Word to the U-Passes)
  3. Don’t buy your food out. Make your lunch at home and bring it to school. especially if you commute
  4. Save more energy by unplugging electronic items (like phone charges) if you’re not using them
  5. Manage your money better: Write lists of things you absolutely need (such as toiletries and personal items)
  6. Find free entertainment. You don’t always have to go out to bars or the movies to have a good time. Having a few friends over, going to free events on campus and places around the city can always be fun.
  7. Discipline yourself to save your money. If you have loose change, put it in a jar. It will eventually add up and perhaps you could use that money for a rainy day.
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1 Comment

  1. Great stuff. I aways love reading these kinds of posts. Thanks!

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