“118 Ways to Save Money in College”
8. Don’t drink. But if you must…
9. Be cheap [about alcohol]
* Buy the cheap stuff. Pabst Blue Ribbon and Old English 40 oz. bottles come to mind.
* Buy in bulk. A cheap 5th of Vodka might cost about the same as a drink or two at a bar.
* Drink where the specials are. Some college bars and dance clubs have pitcher specials, 1 dollar drink specials, no cover charge, or other specials for people going out early or going out on slower nights.
* Pre-game if you do drink heavily.
* Don’t bring much money with you to limit how much you drink and spend.
* Hit other people’s parties.
15. If you are buying new [books], check for an “international” edition. The book will be almost exactly the same, except for maybe some Chinese characters on the front, AND it will be exponentially cheaper.
21. Oatmeal is fast, filling, and affordable.
60. Beg your parents – they will feel a connection to you by letting you use their stuff or by buying you new stuff. The more they buy the less you have to. [Thanks, Mom! Thanks, Dad!]
57. Play on the web [for entertainment]! The web is a virtually limitless land which will allow you to deeply explore any topic of interest, and participate in communities discussing those topics. You can also play games like Zuma or visit true time waster sites like HotorNot.com. Searching around online auctions like eBay may help you find deals while also being entertained by the prospects of bidding and winning.
72. Get a few friends together to pitch in for the price of an annual membership at a place like Sam’s Club or Costco.
73. Buy in bulk. You’ll save money per unit for a pack of twelve bars of soap versus singles.
99. Shop for your personal items at a discount retailer. Money strategists suggest buying the “store brand” as a cost-saving alternative, as well.
111. Volunteer for a medical study. Most do not require much time and you get paid!