Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Different Strategy to Paying for College

By Lara Turner

Paying for college can be a huge stress on students and parents, but there are some tips that can help make the process a little easier that people do not always think of. The first thing is just to manage your money. If a student has trouble keeping up with their credit card payments make sure they become a member of a bank right around campus that caters to students. Drinking is also a huge factor when it comes to saving the money you are trying to save to pay for school. The first tip is to not drink and go out a lot, but if that is not possible buy cheap alcohol and buy in bulk. When it comes to buying books, first double check to make sure someone you know does not already have it, but if that is not the case buy used books because they will be cheaper. Anther tip to take into account is spending money on food. If you have a meal plan, use it and if you buy coffee every morning realize that in the end that adds up to a couple hundred dollars by the end of the school year. Instead, buy a coffee machine and make your own. It is also not necessary to tip everyone who serves you something, or you feel guilty and have to tip, do not over tip. Another helpful hint is instead of paying a cable bill or buying a stereo, watch movies and listen to music on your computer. When most people think of paying for college they think of how to make money, not how to save it, so if you are struggling to pay for school, take some time to think about what you could cut back on.

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