There are many things you could do to save a bundle on your U.S. college education. Below we provide you with many tips that could save you thousands of dollars on your room & board, traveling, clothing, books, and tuitions.
Saving on Room & Board:
- Find a roommate (or roommates) to share your rent but you need the permission from your landlord first.
- Only buy things you need, not things you want.
- Pay attention to stores’ promotions or special offers.
- Compare the price tags of a product you need in various stores around you.
- Ask your landlord if you could pay your rent 3 months, or half-year, or a year in advance to cut the rent.
- Using coupons wisely. (Coupons could be obtained at stores, newspaper weekend edition, your mailbox, or online.)
Saving on Traveling:
- Pay attention to airlines special offers and sales.
- Check to see if you could get a better price as a student.
- Carpooling with your friends and everyone share the gas money.
- Take a bus like Greyhound or Trailways instead of an airplane.
Saving on Clothing:
- Pay attention to “Garage Sales” or “Estate Sales” and go take a look to get something real nice at a cheap price.
- Buy old clothes at a “Good Will” shop or any second-hand clothing stores.
- Clothing stores usually have “Sales” at the end of a season.
- Buy from a factory outlet.
Saving on Books:
- Borrow your textbook from a library, a friend, or a classmate.
- Buy used (latest edition) textbooks.
- Check to see if you could get your textbooks cheaper online.
Saving on Tuitions:
- Ask your school for tuition waiver if you are a low-income student.
- Make sure you only take classes that you will not withdraw in the future.
- Study hard so you won’t repeat a class and pay again.
- Choose your classes wisely. Make sure that you could handle a class before you register for it.