With tuition costing an arm and a leg (and rising each year), many college students are racking up a lot of debt. For many students, it would be ideal if it were possible to live off of nothing at all.
Well, it’s not possible to live for free, but it’s possible to get pretty close. Luckily for college students, there are a lot of ways to cut down your living costs that are not necessarily available to the general public.
For one thing, students’ college fees already include payment for use of various facilities on campus. To cut down on your living costs, it is important that you make use of these facilities as much as possible.
For instance, if your apartment’s electricity bill is high, one way to save electricity would be to spend more study time in the library instead of studying at home. You have already paid for your use of the library, so use it fully.
Similarly, you might consider showering at the campus gym after working out instead of coming back home to shower. Since you have already paid for the use of the campus gym as part of your student fees, you can save water at home by using more at school.
Of course, all of these are little things, but if you are looking to pinch pennies, every little bit helps. Little things like that add up to significant savings over the course of a month, or a semester.
Food is one of the biggest costs for students. Cooking your own food instead of eating out all the time will help you cut down your food bill significantly. Buying in bulk is almost always cheaper than buying in small quantities, so you will want to buy in bulk and freeze most of it so it doesn’t go bad before you can eat it.
College campuses also are some of the best places for finding free food. There are always events going on that offer free food, probably at least one every day. By paying more attention to when free food is offered, you can get quite a couple free lunches.
Transportation is another big cost for college students. Try to walk as much as possible, because this costs absolutely nothing. If you currently drive everywhere, you can also save quite a bit in gas and parking if you invest in a used bicycle.