College tuition is expensive enough these days. When we budget our money we might not realize how much er spend on our daily expenses. Rent, eating out, books, clothes, alcohol, and daily coffee runs, are expenses that we might not always budget for but in reality probably spend the most on.
There are a couple things that will help reduce our expenses by a lot. Reducing your meal plan to only purchasing a realistic amount is a good start. Most of us have double the meals we actually use a week. Right there is hundreds of dollars a month we can save. Buying used books is not as fancy as brand new ones, however each semester you can save a couple hundred on books that are already highlighted, and you probably won't look at ever again! Of course then there are the simple things that can save us over time. Making our own snacks, coffee, and evening reusing notebooks will add up after four years.
Its important to stay informed about your finances. Try to use cash as much as possible and make simple lists and spread sheets to keep track of your expenses. It is true that not everything we learn in college will matter after graduation, however the way you manage your money will be a life time lesson to remember.