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Budgeting in College

Let’s face it, college is expensive from textbooks to paying for your own TAMU housing. So while you are on your own for the first time and trying to figure out how to maintain a budget, you are simultaneously going through one of the most costly periods in your life. There are several things you can do to keep the spending at a minimum.

Sell Unwanted Items

Everyone has clothing, old textbooks and electronics lying around that they no longer use. Instead of letting them collect dust in your student apartment, sell them for extra cash. Take clothing you no longer wear to Plato’s Closet and your other possessions on online websites such as eBay and Amazon. You will be surprised how quickly you can acquire money.

Take the Bus

Riding your car everywhere may seem convenient, but the cost of gas can quickly add up. Instead, take advantage of public transportation. The bus system in College Station reaches all major TAMU apartments and popular restaurants and stores. If you frequently choose to take the bus instead of driving, you will save money on gas and also reduce the amount of wear and tear on your car that will require costly repairs.

Buy Used School Supplies Online

College textbooks can be extremely costly depending on the class. There is no substantial need to have a brand new textbook. Instead, look for ones online that have previously used. Depending on your standards, you can find ones ranging from gently used to those which have major problems that have various prices.

Student ID Discounts

There are several stores that will give you a discount with a student ID. Cinemark Movie Theater, for example, will give you entrance for only four dollars every night if you are a student. There are also plenty of clothing stores that will provide you with discounts such as J. Crew and Banana Republic. Stay in shape at Planet Fitness, because with an ID, you will receive special discounted prices. Apple, Microsoft and Spotify also provide similar discounts to students.

Earn Extra Money

Always be on the lookout for ways to earn money. If you are particularly skilled in a particular subject, consider tutoring other students for cash. You can also try to get a job on campus. Not only will it be close to your Texas A&M housing, but you may be able to go to work in between classes. This opportunity would give you the ability to make money even if you have a busy schedule.

Budget Friendly Living in College Station, TX

Though college has the potential to be costly, there are plenty of ways you can cut down costs. Living in luxury apartments in College Station, TX will provide you with many services all in one place so you will not need to look elsewhere. Check out The Retreat at College Station today, you will not be disappointed.

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