To cut campus expenses, start by being smart about your books. You can save as much as 50% of the retail price of a textbook by simply buying a used copy from the school bookstore or from one of the many online swap sites. Similarly, use library books for short-term assignments, instead of buying your own copy.
Also, be smart about where you get school supplies like notebooks, paper, and printer cartridges. Off-campus discount or bulk supply stores are usually cheaper than the school bookstore. In fact, that kind of comparison shopping will go a long way for everything you need – whether it’s items like groceries and laundry detergent, to selecting a cell phone plan.
Finally, be thrifty when it comes to big items, like furniture…there are plenty of great used pieces available at yard sales and consignment shops, or through the classifieds. Remember, the lessons you learn about smart shopping now will serve you later on