A college education in the U.S. can be absurdly expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average cost to attend college is over $20,000 annually. Most students are not rich and often have to find creative ways to make their money stretch. Whether you are a student new to college, in grad school, continuing your education or a caretaker preparing to send a child to college here are some money-saving tips.
1. Take community college classes.
Community college is significantly cheaper than a four-year college or university. Some community colleges have relationships with larger institutions where class credits are easily transferable between the two. This would be a great option for students new to college or students open to taking summer/winter classes.
2. Take college classes while in high school.
Some students in high school are advanced and can handle a college credit or two. Some schools may even allow advanced students to be partially enrolled in high school and college. Often the college course is offered free to the student.
I first got into debt at the age of 16! Almost 15 years later, I had finally come to the conclusion that debt isn’t necessary. I know it sounds common sense but millions of people haven’t grasped this concept. And, though we are constantly inundated with news that it is necessary—it isn’t. I didn’t consider my debt as bad as the average person, but it was still debt nonetheless. Unfortunately, inexperience and a series of poor financial decisions taught me that hard truth about the importance of financial management.
Food can be expensive! Particularly quality foods like organic, non-GMOs, wild caught or naturally grown. Of course, we want to eat right to be healthy, but it can be difficult when, say, one avocado cost the same as bus fare. Money today certainly doesn’t stretch as far as it did when I was growing up. It seems like every week my grocery bill increases though my shopping habits haven’t changed. Most of us aren’t fortunate enough to shop price-blind so we must be creative in getting the biggest bang for our buck. Here are 10 of my thrifty ways to save on groceries:
It is said that if you find a penny face up it is good luck, and a penny face down is bad luck. But, to me, they are both lucky because I am now one cent richer! Yes, I am the person who picks up random coins that have gone unnoticed or unwanted. I know the value of money no matter how small.
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