When planning for higher education, cost and budgeting are very important factors to consider. In order to make the whole experience a little easier on your wallet, we have come up with 4 ways to reduce college costs when returning to school.
1 – Don’t buy new textbooks. When buying your load of textbooks for the semester, make sure you are getting the lowest cost possible. Bookstores will sell used textbooks at a discounted price – and if you can’t find it at the bookstore, you can always find used versions online.
2 – Use public transportation. Leaving your car at home will save gas money, and in a lot of cases, parking money. Public transportation may not be as convenient as driving your own car to school, but it will definitely help keep some money in the bank throughout the school year.
3 – Track your spending. Tracking your spending is easier than ever nowadays. Download a budgeting app, like iReconcile or Moneybook. Using these to track your spending will help you to know exactly where your money is going. Once you have a few months logged, you can reevaluate where you can save a little or spend a little more.
4 – Buy cheap supplies. When buying school supplies for the semester, keep it simple and keep it cheap. Dollar stores carry most of the supplies you’ll need – paper, pencils, pens, etc. Another option is to hit stores when school supply sales are running, sometimes you can find things for under a dollar!
Keeping these tips in mind while in school will help ease the pain on your wallet. However, your main focus should be on the value of your education, and all the opportunities it allows for when you graduate.
To learn more about CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies, please visit our page about Adult Undergraduate & Graduate Degree Programs.