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Creative ways to save money in college


Replies to: Creative ways to save money in college

  • InquilineKeaInquilineKea - Posts: 2,309 Member
    I only shower weekly/every 2 weeks as I'm Asian. :p. I don't have body odor even when I go for weeks without showering. (my parents only start complaining about hair odor, but not body odor)
    The Straight Dope: Do Chinese lack sweat glands in their armpits? Why does spicy food make you sweat?

    Quite a few people sleep in the library every day, actually.

    hmm, interesting about the "bringing your own cup to the coffee shop"
  • UNLVChic10'UNLVChic10' Registered User Posts: 106 Junior Member
    ^ ewww hmm i would say go to the dining halls everyday and whenever possible
  • krnpsychopathkrnpsychopath Registered User Posts: 1,288 Senior Member
    IK that's disgusting
  • 43212344321234 Registered User Posts: 926 Member
    lol. that is pretty gross. i get itchy if i don't shower everyday. i'm asian too. you must have some powerful sweat glands. lol.
  • AtlmomAtlmom Registered User Posts: 806 Member
    I ate a fried egg sandwich for 4 of 5 days a week every week for 3 years of law school. I ate out on Fridays for lunch. I took a coffee maker to my study closet and made my own coffee. ( Well actually it wasn't supposed to be my study closet but it was vacant when I looked under it....they all were vacant so I adopted one as my own.)
  • JDS4321JDS4321 Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Buy cheap beer. After the first 6 to 8 it all tastes the same.
  • sarah_brookesarah_brooke Registered User Posts: 65 Junior Member
    Easy Mac, Easy Mac, Easy Mac! And I bought Starbucks iced coffee cans in bulk- it turned out to be much cheaper than stopping at the Starbucks on campus and paying twice as much for a smaller cup of coffee.
  • ThaitanThaitan Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member

    I wish I would have followed the coffee advice. I spent way too much money on Starbucks last year. Terrible!
  • xchangetakxchangetak Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    I prefer to eat tofu and salad, which is a cheap combo.
  • sleepyzsleepyz Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    2 words....cup noodles
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    I buy most of my textbooks from the Amazon Marketplace and Overstock.com . "Like New" books may actually be new for all intents and purposes. Have probably saved about 30-60% off the retail cost per book, which translates to $40-$100 per item.

    Also, generally just avoid shopping at college stores. Taking the bus from Princeton to the Rte. 1 shopping center, I found just about everything I was going to buy at the school furnishing store: office supplies, furniture, food, electronics, everything. The price difference is shocking, but not surprising.

    Finally, if you must satisfy consumer urges, shop online when there's a sale.
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Please people, take showers...I'm not kidding. Sensory habituation is a phenomenon where your brain ignores sensory stimuli (smells, tastes, temperatures, etc) when the stimulus lasts for an extended period in order to respond to other new stimuli.

    This means although you may not detect when you are emitting unsavory odors, other people who happen to pass you will. Don't let that happen to you in delicate social settings!
  • BacktothestarsBacktothestars Registered User Posts: 454 Member
    RAMEN. And if I'm hungry and the dining hall is closed, I usually walk to sheetz (local convienence store) and get a little egg sandwich... I think it costs around $2.
  • sanjenferrersanjenferrer . Posts: 875 Member
    To go along with Entity's idea, start a Free Food Club that's in charge of finding out where the free food on campus is. So you don't run out of dining points so quickly (unless your dining plan is one with a pre-set # of meals that don't accumulate over time). My friend suggested this :)

    Also, buy grocery instead of eating out all the time! My friend gets creative with meals... tuna on plain pasta is her favorite. It's pretty good actually.

    Don't buy bottled water.

    Don't withdraw from an ATM machine that's not by your official bank.

    Buy clothes from thrift stores. There's an oversupply of clothing out there.

    Get free pens from different events (I still have some from the org. fair in the beginning of the semester). Your university library might even have some (mine has only pencils).
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