Keeping the Piggy Bank Full

College is getting more and more expensive as the years go by. Going to a community college does help save some money but even so, I know that I need to find ways to save some more. I did some research and found a few gems to help you keep your piggy bank full during your college experience!

Scholarships: Let’s face it, college is expensive and not everyone can afford to pay their tuition fully. That’s where scholarships come in. Scholarships are defined as a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement. You can get a scholarship for almost anything, like being left-handed or wearing glasses. You just need to know where to look. Scholarships.com is a great website where you enter a profile and the website gives you hundreds of scholarships that you are eligible to apply for.

Rent Your Books: Buying the books you need for a college class is nice, if you are going to use them again. But if you are a nursing major taking an English class or computer class, there is no use spending the money to buy a book you’re not going to use again. There are many great websites out there where you can rent your textbooks cheaply, like chegg.com or textbook.com.

Making a Budget and Sticking to It: There are plenty of ways to make sure you aren’t spending more money than you should, and one is to make a budget. Mint.com is a great way to manage your money. It gets all of your financial information in one place so you have an idea of where your money is going and what you should be doing to reach your saving goals.

Food: Although the cafe has some pretty tasty food, it is much easier to save some money to pack your own lunch. That way you ensure you won’t spend money on food and also guarantee you will like what’s for lunch. Another thing to do while being money conscious is to not eat out. It is always cheaper (not to mention healthier) to make food at home rather than going to a restaurant or fast food chain.

These tips aren’t set in stone to save money but I do know they help me out a lot. And I hope they help all of you as well.

Samantha, student blogger

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