Cut Your Back to Campus Shopping Expenses with These Tips
College is expensive. From computers to textbooks to daily food bills, there are so many expenses that can drain your bank account fast during the school year. Unfortunately, many students feel that financial pinch at the beginning of a new school year as the fall semester begins, making starting school all the more stressful.
According to a recent NerdWallet article, college expenses have gone up since last year. The average college student will spend almost $1,000 on school supplies in 2017. Whether your parents are covering your college ride or if you are working hard to pay for college yourself, everyone will be relieved to find ways to save some money and put it toward other college costs.
There are some great ways you can cut this semester’s costs and save yourself some scratch this school year.
Rent or Shop Online for Books
One glance at college textbook prices is enough to send anyone into spending shock. But what can you do when those books are required for your classes? While there’s really no way around getting the books you need, you can certainly save some money on them.
Whether you want to go digital with your textbook or just go online and have one shipped to your doorstep, textbook rentals are all the rage in colleges across the country for a good reason: The prices are usually less than half of the cost of buying that book new.
And you don’t have to use companies like Amazon or Chegg to get those discounts either. At the University of Arizona Bookstore, you can rent your textbooks right off the shelf or through UAccess.
If you are looking for an even better deal than renting textbooks, check out online stores where you can buy used textbooks. There are a lot of websites to search for the best price, but you can skip that time-consuming step too by using AllBookstores.com, an online service that finds you all the available prices for your textbooks from multiple sources online, including eBay.
Discover Discount Electronics
Computer makers and retailers want to earn your patronage, especially at this time of year, and they do everything they can to lure college students in. Take advantage of the situation and uncover some serious discounts! Apple, Microsoft, and even Walmart are offering deep discounts on laptops and adjacent accessories. Some companies are going even further by throwing in freebies like free wireless headphones for a limited time only.
Get a Price Match
Newegg, Best Buy, and Staples offer price matching services, and that can save you a whole lot of cash on your necessary supplies. If you find an identical item online and want to get it for that price faster at your local store or with free shipping, contact the site or the store’s customer service department to get your price match.
Find Free Software
The University of Arizona knows that a large portion of our learning is software-based, and that is why UA’s IT Services provides students with a whole lot of free and discounted software. Better still, the UA Library has dedicated computers that offer students cutting edge, incredibly expensive software like 3D modeling software, Photoshop, Illustrator, and more for free in multiple computer labs throughout campus.
Take Advantage of Student Discounts
Going to the University of Arizona is already pretty great, but it only gets better when you get a discount at stores just for being a Wildcat. Tucson is a UA town, and there are an incredible amount of businesses and retailers who are happy to give us Wildcats a discount on everything from food to printer paper. Don’t hesitate to ask at checkout if a student discount is offered and be ready to show UA ID to get it.