College can be an expensive endeavor, even with scholarships and other kinds of financial aid. John Fuller has come up with easy ways to save on money and avoid the constant panic of going broke.
Choose The Right Meal Plan
Campus meal plans vary depending on the university — food quality, how often you eat, how much you eat, and location can all factor in. A meal plan can be a good deal, however, so do a little research and see if it’s worth it. Grab a brochure; ask meal plan veterans; anything to get a little taste. Some universities offer off-campus meal plans, too. These usually involve deals with food chains, so make sure the plan is appealing to you. If you decide to skip out on a meal plan, it’s possible to eat enough and eat healthy on your own budget. Cut out coupons, buy in bulk and sign up for a shopper’s discount card if its possible. Be creative and plan dinners with roommates and friends instead of going to more expensive restaurants.
Seek Alternative Transportation
Instead of driving to class and spending money on gas parking passes and possible tickets, look into a local bus or matatu system. If the system is run by your university, you’ll probably be able to ride for free with a student ID. If a transportation system doesn’t exist (or the existing one isn’t safe or reliable), try to work out class schedules with friends. If you’re close enough, walk or bike to class and get some much-needed exercise.
Set Up A Student Checking Account