Save $1000, Here's How
Alright friends, winter semester is right around the corner. We all know what that means, time to whip out the wallets and spend money, a lot of money. It doesn’t need to be as much as you normally spend each semester though.
A new semester means new classes. New classes mean you get to buy a whole new fleet of textbooks. Textbooks are one of the biggest expenses that college students pay for, but they don’t need to be.
If you have been buying your textbooks new you could be spending hundreds of dollars, but there are alternatives to buying your textbooks new and they are a fraction of the cost.
Renting and buying used textbooks can save you hundreds. Enough talk let’s see the numbers.
A new textbook fresh off the bookstore shelf can cost you up to $200! For example let’s say you need Chemistry 10th Edition by Raymond Chang, this book is listed for $200.94 new but you can rent it for $79.94. That is a $121.00 saving just for one class alone. The average college student takes about five classes a semester, so you can anticipate saving at least $400 from renting your textbooks instead of buying them new.
Next on the list of college expenses is food. Food is deceivingly expensive and a very large factor of a college student’s meager bank account balance.
For college students living out of the dorms and make their own meals, a lot of money can be saved by buying generic brand food versus the name brand food.
For example, macaroni and cheese a staple of a college student’s diet is about $0.99 for a brand name but generic is $0.69. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you buy everything generic it adds up.Continued on the next page