College can be some of the best years of your life, but it can also be some of the most expensive years of your life, too. At most Colleges and Universities in Georgia, after paying your tuition and fees, you must pay for room and board, a meal plan, and textbooks. When you are taking 4-5 classes and staying on top of your homework and studying, there is hardly any time for a job. You may wonder how you can save money while also having trendy items, such as an iPad or MacBook Pro, and we are here to help! Here are five ways to save money at college.
1. Prioritize Your Back-To-School List
If you like to do school shopping ahead of time, don’t. Often, professors will label textbooks or other materials as mandatory, when really, they aren’t. Wait until the first day of class and ask your professor what materials you will really need. Buying classroom items you won’t use is a waste of money. If you have a laptop, ask if you can use it to take notes with instead of buying binders, notebooks, and folders.
2. Buy Used Textbooks
New textbooks can cost hundreds of dollars. Used textbooks from the campus bookstore or online through Amazon or Chegg can save you money and let you spend it where it matters most. Used textbooks have the same material, and often have important information already highlighted or underlined. Buying an older version of the book usually gives you the same information and costs a lot less.
3. Buy One 5 Subject College-Ruled Spiral Notebook
Instead of buying 5 different notebooks, buy one 5 subject college-ruled notebook. College-ruled paper has thinner lines and more space for notes. This type of notebook will keep all your notes in one place, and you won’t have wasted any paper at the end of the semester. However, if you are looking to save even more money, you can use your refurbished MacBook, laptop, or tablet to take notes.
4. Attend Back-To-School “Freebie” Events
For the first month, your College will be hosting multiple back-to-school events. Make sure you go. You will receive free breakfast, lunch, and dinner and get free t-shirts. Not having to pay for meals or new clothes will save you lots of money you can use elsewhere. In addition to saving money, you will be making new friends and having fun.
5. Buy Refurbished
The type of laptop you buy for college is usually the biggest decision you make your first year of college. Buying brand new laptops or Apple computer products will cost you thousands of unnecessary dollars. Refurbished, or used and restored laptops have the same quality for hundreds of dollars less.
Dynemac is Atlanta’s destination for refurbished Macs and other Apple products like the MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPad . If you are searching for a back-to-school computer or laptop, make sure to stop by Dynemac’s online store or actual shop in Snellville, Georgia. Located in Metro Atlanta, all our products are certified by an Apple technician and come with a free one-year warranty. Call today to see how we can help you save money for college. (470) 545-6941