26. Join the online community of Couch Surfing and get connected with people from all over the world. Forming these connections will enable you to vacation for cheap with a free place to stay while receiving free tours from the locals who know the best places to go.
27. Find local festivals and events that have free admission and hang out. Walk around, people watch, B.Y.O food. Free entertainment is good entertainment.
28. Get in the know-how while reading newspaper online instead of receiving it on your doorstep. I am all for supporting publishers and the print, but if you’re trying to save, and the same information is available for free, then why spend the monthly fee?
29. Make reusable, fused paper bags to avoid paying the meager 99 cents at the grocery store. Because we’re thinking cheap and that’s 99 whole cents that could be put towards your college savings fund.
30. Instead of going out to eat, or buying something new to spice up your living space, or spending money on anything really, report to instructables.com. It is a website for all of your do-it-yourself needs, with categories of food, living, outside, play, technology and workshop. That pretty much covers everything you could ever need to spend money on (besides your tuition).
31. One more word: Groupon.
32. Use Living Social to receive coupons on entertainment, yoga classes, spa treatments, restaurants and more in your city.
33. Explore your state’s parks. Free admission and entertainment for all!
34. Rent DVDs at your local library instead of renting from Red Box or Netflix.
35. Refrain from going to new movies while they are still in theaters. Wait until they come out on DVD. (Hopefully this doesn’t completely contradict the former.)
36. Play cards. It’s another way to be entertained for free.
37. Learn how to budget in unique ways. One method is separating money from your most recent paychecks and putting it into envelopes for different expenses. Budget and know where your money is going. Dave Ramsey loves the envelope system.
38. Acquire friends with skills. These could be people who cut hair, fix cars or bikes… Need I say more? You are in no way using them, but their talents are simply a bonus to your mutually beneficial friendship. Another way of saying this: networking.
39. Work somewhere that either gives you great discounts on their food or other items. In this beautiful scenario you are simultaneously making and saving money.
40. Sell your hobby. Play music at a local café; sell your art in an open-air market. Use your talents and put a hat before you. Even a little change makes a difference, right?
41. If you live in or nearby a neighborhood, say hello to quirky jobs and employment. Go up to front doors and ask if people need their lawns mowed, gutters cleaned out, flower bushes trimmed, etc. Because who wants to clean out their own gutters?
42. If it’s not on craigslist, you don’t need it. Never buy new. Let’s say it together: “Never buy new.”
43. If you are borrowing loans from the government, steer towards subsidized loans, if you qualify for them, instead of unsubsidized loans. Subsidized loans don’t build interest until after a student graduates, as opposed to unsubsidized loans, which start building interest once the loan has been dispersed to the school.
44. Put extra money from your paychecks into a savings account instead of your checking account. When you have the urge to buy something, it will be harder to access your savings account than the three seconds it takes to hand the cashier your debit card.
45. In the evenings, use candles. Turn off the lights and cozy up to a candle for all of your mood lighting needs, and save electricity while doing it!
46. Wash your clothes sparingly. Don’t let not washing them turn people off to you, but before you throw a pair of pants in the wash after one day’s wear, think twice.
47. As opposed to washing your clothes on campus with quarters or at a Laundromat, wash them at a friend’s house and pay them a couple dollars.
48. Hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. Save electricity or your quarters!
49. Don’t wash your hair everyday. Save shampoo & conditioner and let your hair embrace its natural oils. This saves water and money spent on hair products.
50. Live with people. Rent and utilities become cheaper, you can share meals, and cooking is more fun when you do it with other people.
51. Use an electric kettle, which will save you time and money by turning off automatically when water reaches its boiling point. If you are a big tea drinker, the hot pot will become your best friend.
And that concludes this list of ways to save money for college. From saving money on how to nourish yourself cheaply to some of the best coupons the web has to offer, I hope you will find some guidance in these suggestions. Good luck finding other ways to be cheap and thrifty without going into debt during your college years.
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