Saving money in college is something that doesn’t come easily. Textbooks, groceries, and other expenses quickly add up. To help you manage the costs of attending school, I have created a list of ways you can spend less, and save more.
- Bring your own mug to coffee shops on campus
Did you know that if you bring your own coffee/tea mug to any coffee shop on campus, you will only be charged the price of a small drink regardless of the mug’s size? Well, now you do! Not only is this a great way to get your caffeine fix from Beanz, Midnight Oil, Javas and Artesano, it will also decrease allotted monthly coffee budget.
- Use RIT Tiger Center dining dollar balance
New to RIT’s Tiger Center, students can now check their dining dollars balance so see if they are on track or not for the semester. After logging in with your RIT username and password, your meal plan will automatically pop up, and you will be told what your daily spending budget is. Check it out!
- Sell your gently used textbooks back to Barnes and Noble
Do you have a stack of textbooks that you have only used for one semester? Instead of keeping a pile of heavy textbooks in your room to collect dust, bring them to RIT’s Barnes & Noble (located in Park Point). Barnes & Noble will gladly purchase your gently used textbooks, and pay you cash on the spot. It’s a win-win situation!
- Take advantage of the free amenities on campus
This is one of the simplest ways to decrease your spending (and increase your saving)! Don’t purchase expensive gym memberships when the Student Life Center is available to members of the RIT community free of charge. With a swimming pool, hot tub, track and various courts, the opportunities of free fun are endless. Also, attending an on campus sporting event is a low to no cost event that allows you to embrace your inner RIT Tiger spirit!
- Print on-campus (free prints)
While RIT is a large promoter sustainability and most assignments are submitted online, occasionally you will have to submit a physical copy of your work. Instead of purchasing a printer and ink at home, print on campus. Depending on your major and computer lab swipe access, many labs offer a large amount of free prints for students. NRH computer lab (located on the first floor) is open 24 hours, and has an industrial printer ready for your print jobs!
- Ask if there is a student discount before purchasing anything
It never hurts to ask! Many retail stores, restaurants, coffee shops, etc. do not advertise the fact that they offer discounts for students. For example, Amazon, The New York Times, Sam’s Club, AMC Theatres, and many more offer various discounts to students.
- Buy in Bulk
Purchasing items in bulk is a simple way to decrease monthly costs for food and toiletries. BJ’s Wholesale club (located off of Jefferson Road), offers individuals with a valid RIT ID a free membership ($50 value). This allows for students to enjoy wholesale prices. Purchasing larger quantities in the beginning of each semester will not only save you money in the long run, but will decrease your amount of trips to the store.
- Don’t go grocery shopping while hungry
It’s safe to say that as college students, this is bound to happen every once in a while. Being actively aware that you are hungry and eating prior to going grocery shopping will reduce impulse purchases of items that you typically wouldn’t buy in the first place.
- Take advantage of RIT’s bus
RIT has an extensive bus schedule that runs seven days a week. Taking the RIT bus will save you money on gas, and is also environmentally friendly. The bus schedule can be found here. We’ve also put together a comprehensive RIT bus guide.
- See if library has textbooks before purchasing
We all know the struggle of purchasing textbooks on a semester basis. Prices are typically steep, and can add up quickly. Not only is it a good idea to wait until your professor states whether purchasing the textbook is mandatory, but checking if it is available in the library is also a good idea.
- Go to class
This may be obvious, but the cost of skipping class is immense, and definitely not worth it. Skipping/missing class will more than likely result in a lower grade mark for the course, and may lead to you needing to pay to re-take a class a second time the following semester.