Keep Your Education Costs Down with These Money-Saving Tips

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If you are a student, you know that money is an important factor in your education. Not only when you start your education, but throughout the next 2, 4 or even 6 years depending on the degree you plan to achieve.

Here are some useful tips on how to save money on your education, each and every year.

Text Books

This is one of the most overlooked ways to save money on your education. Instead of purchasing your books at the bookstore, buy used. Check with sites such as Chegg, eCampus or TextBooks which specialize in selling used, new and digital books for education.

You can also check other sources such as Amazon, the school message boards and local posting sites for used educational books. Great local sources include Craigslist, NextDoor and Facebook Marketplace.

Spending Habits

Another great way you can save while completing your education is to modify your spending habits. Cut costs by making some lifestyle changes that will allow you to not only save money but focus on your education. Keeping your living costs down will, in turn, keep your education stress down as well!

  • Do not grocery shop while you are hungry. You’ll end up making impulse buying decisions on things you do not need.
  • Limit, or better yet, eliminate eating out. If you must grab a bite out once in a while, set a budget and stick to it.
  • If possible, cut out the expense of a vehicle. Walking or using public transportation is far for economic than owning and maintaining a vehicle.
  • Cut the cord. Especially during the digital age, having a cable is not necessary. Watching TV does not directly impact your education. Cut the costs and cut the cord.

School Meals Plans

Many education institutions offer meal plans for students. There are multiple packages you can choose from. Do not choose the most expensive plan, as you likely won’t use it 100% of the time. You will, however, pay for 100% – 100% of the time.

Instead, opt for a more affordable plan and buy a few groceries throughout the week. Figure out what you actually consume on a weekly basis and supplement that with a few meals you bring with you to campus or eat in your dorm.

Take Advantage of Student Discounts

Many stores, restaurants and leisure places offer student discounts. Take your student I.D. issued by your educational institution with you everywhere you go. They’ll likely need your I.D. to apply the discount, but there is no easier way to save money.

Also, focus your activities and shopping whenever possible at the retailers that try to make your education expenses lower by offering student discounts. If you are not sure if they have a student discount, simply ask.CATEGORIES