With the economy the way it is today, and the rising price of admission, it is getting harder and harder for parents to afford to send their kids off to for post secondary education.
It has now become commonplace that the students have to help the process along by making, and saving their own money while they are still in high school.
In this post I will talk about what you can do, as a student, to save money for college.
Get a Job
It might seem like a fairly obvious tip, but it stands to reason that having someone pay you for work is still the best way to get your hands on some cold, hard cash.
When I was in high school, I worked as a janitor for the local grocery store, I didn’t make much, but it helped out a lot once I started saving it.
I only worked about three hours a night, during the school year, which was great, as it left me a lot of time for extra curricular activities.
In the summer, I worked full time at a local greenhouse. That is when I made my real money. Due to the fact that I worked two jobs all summer,
I had plenty of spending money for the year, and still had quite a lot saved up by the time I graduated to help out with my college funding. Plus I was done work by 9 pm every night, so I could still join my friends in their debauchery after that.
Learn How to Shop Better
A lot of younger people are perfectly happy to pay full price for everything, or think that everything needs to be brand new for them to be happy with their purchase.
If you purchase everything new, you’re not saving yourself any money, you’re just paying for the mark up.
I’m going to use video games as an example, because I know almost everyone high school kid that I know plays them (and that is quite a few since I’m a volunteer soccer coach), and I enjoy them as well.
I rarely pay full price for a game, the exceptions are if I want the collectors’ items that come with some game, but most of the time, I can wait a few months and get the game for half price or lower.
Understandably, if all your friends are getting the latest multiplayer game and you want to play with them, you might have to pay full price.
For those single player ones though, if you wait, you might be surprised what you can pick up for $5 a few months after it’s been out.
These tips are just what I had done while I was in school, or still do when it comes to games, but they will help you achieve your goal of going off to college, or saving for whatever else you want.
If you want a more in depth look at what you can do to save money, check out this article on how to save money for college.