Saving money while you’re in college is really difficult. If you’re like most college students, then you’re probably having a hard time just making sure that you don’t overdraft your account as it is. If you are planning on traveling over the summer or in the next semester, then you’re going to have to see if you can set some cash aside little by little. Here is how to save money to travel while you’re in college.
Cut Back on Eating Out
If you track your spending at all, you’ll probably find that a good majority of your dispensable income goes toward food. If there’s any way you can cut down on the number of days per week that you eat out, refrain from eating in places that are too expensive, or cut certain indulgences like milkshakes and specialty coffee drinks, then you could reduce your overall spending by quite a bit.
Ride Your Bike
If you don’t have a bike already then you should definitely invest in one. Not only will you get from class to class much faster, but you will also be able to travel all kinds of short distances around town without the need for a car, bus, or cab. If you find yourself spending a lot of money on transport, then it doesn’t matter if you’re going to Harvard or Northeastern University, biking is definitely the best way to save money on transportation costs.
Save Your $5 Bills
One easy way to save money is to always save your $5 bills. Of course, this works best if you like to pay for things in cash. Either way, what you want to do is find some kind of a secure jar or piggy bank to put all of your $5 bills into. If you really need the cash and get multiples $5s in change, then be sure to just save at least one of them. Before you know it, you will have quite a bit of money saved up.
Get a Part-time Job
There are all kinds of part-time jobs that you can get in college that allow you to make money while also completing a lot of reading and studying. For example, you could get a job in the library, be a nanny, work in a bookstore, or take notes for students with disabilities. There are several students who have disabilities that hinder them from being able to take notes in class. If they are signed up for note-taking services and you share a class with them, then you could earn an hourly income while in class by taking thorough notes and photocopying them for another student.
Sell Your Old Stuff
If you have anything of value that you don’t need or want anymore, then you should definitely see how much you can sell it for in a yard sale or on craigslist. You definitely want to try and sell all of your old textbooks, if you have a video game console, an old guitar, an old computer or anything else that someone might want to buy, then you should definitely put it online and see how much you can get for it.