As the end of the year approaches, students are often faced with an abundance of textbooks they no longer need. Many times, these same books are reused by professors for multiple semesters. Because of this, there are a lot of students that need your book. It is smart to try to sell your textbooks to students because not only do you get a little money in your pocket, but they get the book at a discount since they don’t have to go to the store. Oftentimes, it is difficult to find the students in need of your exact book.
There is usually an option to sell books back at your campus bookstore as well. Because they will sell them as used books the next semester, they are willing to buy them back for a decent price.
There are many things done for you as a child that are taken for granted when it comes time to live on your own. Last week, I noticed a tear in my favorite pair of pants. As I stared at the tear, wondering what to do, I thought back to five years before. In the past, I would have simply asked my mom to fix the tear, and they would be better the next day.
However, living on your own, it is necessary to solve these problems on your own. I thought about paying someone to fix the pants or buying a new pair completely. Instead, I consulted one of my female roommates and learned how to do some basic sewing. An hour later, my pants were fixed, and it didn’t cost me a dime. There are many helpful household tasks that can be learned to save you the trouble of paying to have them done.
As April approaches, retail stores are required to do their fiscal year-end inventory. Around this time, stores will bring in new items, discounting many of the old things in their store. There are great opportunities to save on electronics and many other things.
If you have twenty minutes to spare sorting through a big bin of clearance items, you could find a few great deals. The other day, I found a collection of 15 movies for five dollars that would have otherwise been over twenty! Speaking as someone that works in retail, there are markdowns on countless items in stores at this time, and they are definitely worth looking into.
College kids love spring break. There are so many options of exciting things to do in fun places.
However, these trips can cost a fortune. That’s why I would recommend the following: don’t go on a large spring break trip your first few years of college. Instead of spending a large sum of money, work for the week and make even more. By saving this money, you can afford to have a legendary sping break your junior or senior year.
Dating in college can be stressful; especially when you realize that a single date can cost you upwards of fifty dollars! Dinner, a movie, and flowers all add up by the end of the night. I was always told not to use coupons or gift cards on a date, lest the girl think I look “cheap”. However, it is my opinion that if a girl does not appreciate my frugality, they are not the person I need to be seeing on a shoestring budget. While I wouldn’t recommend openly boasting of your coupon-usage at dinner, it is not frowned upon to use them when the check comes.
There are also a variety of cheap/free dates for the creative mind. Going to the pet store to play with puppies always brightens a girl’s day. In warmer weather, a picnic in the park is a cheap option. And there is nothing wrong with staying in and watching a movie on days like today, when it is frigid out (even though Ohio State apparently does not consider this to be a cold day.)
Student loans can pile up very quickly, leaving a tremendous amount of debt upon graduation. One great way to avoid stress in the future is to limit the amount you borrow for school. Scholarships go a long way in getting you through your schooling with little debt. Scholarships exist by the hundreds, and there are scholarships for nearly any demographic you can think of. One foundation offers a scholarship to students that can fluently speak Klingon, so the options are endless. And these are not offered exclusively to incoming freshmen; upper-level students can apply for many scholarships as well.
The CME Video Scholarship is one example of such a scholarship. It allows students to illustrate their creativity and out-of-the-box thinking for a chance to win money that can be used for tuition, books, or food. As the spring approaches, keeping an eye out for various scholarship opportunities can be very helpful.
On weekends, college kids can find themselves going out with friends a lot. During these outings, we can feel pressured to spend a lot of money. Buying an appetizer at dinner or leaving your tab open at a bar too long can cause your bill to go up quickly. In these situations, I like to take a certain amount of cash with me and only spend that cash for the night. By limiting the amount I can spend before I go out, I force myself to spend wisely throughout the night. I quickly learned to find deals at restaurants, and it has saved a lot of money in my weekend budget.