Back to School Tips: Cutting Costs Where It's Needed

Back to School Tips: Cutting Costs Where It's Needed

Range Govindan
Sep 9, 2010

A lot of students have just started a new semester or are just about to. Students need to save pennies everywhere that they can. This is why it's important to make sure that you stay on budget when school starts. Here are a few tips to keep things in balance.

1. Luxury Item
It's a given that students have to live on a limited budget. It's not always easy, but we've found that it's good to have at least one luxury tech item, whether it's a fancy laptop, an Xbox 360, or a DSLR camera, it's fun to have something that will last you through mid-terms and finals.

2. Roommates
If you're studying, you probably have to share your living space with roommates. While not all roommates are easy to live with, splitting living costs in two or three is something that is worthwhile and will usually allow you to live off campus in a nicer place.

3. Kitchen Tech
If you've got roommates, make sure that you don't get the same small appliances. It's best to share these devices, which will allow you to save some money.

4. Online Listings and Stores
Whether it's that last piece of furniture or tech that you need to complete your place, take a look at Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and eBay to find some of the items on you list.

5. Ask Your Family For Help
Depending on how well you get along with your family, don't be afraid to ask for help. Most family members will try and help you out, usually going the extra mile to ensure that you're well settled. Going back home on some weekends also allows you to fill up on rest, friends, and food.

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