Money saving tips for urban college students
Urban life has a lot to offer for college students – diversity, interesting people, employment, internships, nightlife, history, art, and culture. But the city’s high cost of living and numerous expensive allures can empty your wallet and drain your bank account if you’re not careful. Here are some tips on enjoying the city without burning a hole in your pocket.
- Eat on campus.
The city is a food lover’s dream; it seems like there is always a new restaurant just around the corner. While the promise of a quality sirloin steak instead of a dry dining hall hamburger or a sundae instead of the cafeteria’s half-melted frozen yogurt sounds tantalizing, avoid the temptation at all costs. Milk your meal plan for all it’s worth. Even good college food becomes tiresome after eating it for weeks straight, but your wallet will thank you. If you feel the need to splurge, follow local food companies on Twitter; chains like Ben & Jerry’s (@benandjerrys) ice cream and the New England-based burrito shop Boloco (@boloco) sometimes offer free giveaways at specific times. Take advantage of these hot deals whenever they appear!
- Walk whenever possible.
Public transit is convenient way to get around in the city, but fares start to add up very quickly. If your destination isn’t too far away, walk. In addition to saving money, you’ll also be exercising and giving yourself some time alone to think, often a scarce commodity for busy college students. If you have to use public transportation, avoid taxis and opt instead for the cheaper bus or subway.
- Shop online.
Impulse buys are all too common for urban college students. What you thought was a nice walk downtown with your friends can turn into a full-on shopping spree very quickly. But before whip out your credit card for a new DVD or a nice pair of skinny jeans, check your potential purchase out online. With enough searching, chances are that you’ll find a better deal.
- Buy used.
This goes for everything – clothing, books, music, and anything else a college student might need. Secondhand stores are common in cities, so find a few that you like and frequent them. The trendy yet affordable purchases you can
make will surprise you.
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