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Because we are all college students and broke as a joke, (if you’re not, you may exit this page right now. And we hate you.) we know firsthand how difficult and almost impossible it is to (try) not get buried in this notorious money pit — also know as college. Well, maybe the five tips below can help keep you level-headed for a while — it’s not much, but every bit counts, right?
1) Buy textbooks from Amazon.com
I’m saying this as a senior, and I’d only wish if someone else told me this three years ago! Yes, I know “earlybird” is tempting because it saves you the hassle of looking up all the required books and their prices. But guess what, if you could spare a good 30 minutes and sit in front of your laptop to order books online, chances are you’re about to pay a quarter of what you’d pay at the bookstore. #Triedandtrue
2) Sell textbooks anywhere BUT the bookstore
Sorry, MU bookstore, I really didn’t mean to smack you twice in a row, but you rip us off like no body’s business! (pun intended?) Fortunately, downtown Columbia is blessed with many small-scale bookstores that often take your used textbooks for a good price. So in addition to online, you know where to go next time!
3) Learn how to cook
I’m not even joking on this one. As someone who lives downtown, my options are pretty limited and expensive — hello, yet again, Ingredient and your $10 salad. $10 a meal can add up to so much every month, not to mention every year. And let’s not even forget your beloved daily dose of caffeine green tea latté at Starbucks. With that said, it’s time to hit Walmart or the farmers market this weekend.
4) Go to events for FREE FOOD
Going off of #3, if you find yourself hungry but resent the idea of doing dishes, this one might be for you: Be a event crasher. Why? Two words: free pizza (and soda, if you’re lucky and early.)
In all seriousness, a lot of us probably just suck at budgeting. That’s when a website like Mint.com comes in handy. This site does all the work of categorizing all your spending so that you know where your money’s gone to! The best part? It’s free. No wonder The Wall Street Journal calls it “the best online tools for personal finance.”
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