With school just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about how to save money during college this next year. Saving throughout college can be beneficial for many reasons because once school is over, you will need to start paying off those loans. Saving during any part of life is helpful, but saving money during college is great for creating a safety net in case of an emergency.
Security State Bank knows how important it is to be able to save money even if you don’t have a lot of income like most college students. Here are five tips to help you or the college student in your life make smart savings decisions while in college:
- Save money by buying used textbooks. New textbooks can be ridiculously expensive from the campus book stores, and even used book offerings can be high. Save money by utilizing online bookstores and Amazon.
- Get organized with your finances. Keep receipts from small items to bigger purchases because it is important to see how you are spending and items you could be cutting back on.
- Watch what you spend on entertainment. A weekend out can take a hit to your bank account, so be aware of how you spend your leisure time. Many college campuses have free or cheap entertainment on the weekends so find out what your campus offers.
- Find a part time job. College can be a very busy and stressful time, but a part-time job can keep you on your feet when it comes to finances. Part-time jobs also help with your organizational skills and can lead to the career path of your dreams.
- Be smart about off campus living. Share an apartment with friends and check into what is included with the rent. You are better off finding a place that may include amenities like parking, electricity or water.
College is all about enjoying your experience, but do so with saving money in mind. If you’re a parent, share these tips with your student; students, share with your friends. Also, don’t forget to talk to us at Security State Bank for more information about starting a savings account and other ways we can help with college finances.