Save Money on Going Back to School

Courtney By Courtney, 30th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Whether you are a parent buying school supplies for your little ones about to start school, or a student about to enter college, there are some ways you can save money that many people don't know about.

Buying Textbooks

Unfortunately, one major cost of continuing with higher education is the cost of textbooks. All the textbooks that you need for your classes are available to you at your school, but the prices are usually higher than anywhere else. The convenience of having the books readily available to you can save time, especially if you need the book now, but you do have other options. Ordering your textbooks online is usually much cheaper than buying through a college. I saved over $130 just by purchasing all of my textbooks through Amazon. If you can't find your books on Amazon, there are several other online websites to choose from as well. Also, never buy a book new unless you don't have any other option. I prefer the old fashion, have a book to hold in front of me way, but now with e-readers being so popular, you can save a lot of money buy downloading an e-book.

What's that? You don't have time to wait for your books to ship? I know at my school, the library has a copy of each book on reserve. In between your classes you can go check out the book and sit down and do your reading assignment. This can be done all semester, but I don't like to depend solely on the library, so I will usually do this for a couple of weeks while I am waiting for my books to ship. A lot of places also have book rentals now, which costs a lot less than buying a book, you just have to be sure to return the book in as great of a condition as you received it.

Tuition and Other Costs

The best thing you can do for yourself is apply for every scholarship possible. Odds are you won't receive every scholarship that you apply for, but you never know. You can not get a scholarship without trying, so go for it. The scholarships that I had received payed for my books, as well as my campus parking pass, and some of my tuition fees. I had applied for over 20 scholarships, and I received two. Whatever you do, keep trying and don't give up.

Financial Aid is another option. Even if you think you won't qualify, apply anyway, because it can also open the door for several student loans. Unfortunately, I haven't taken the time to apply yet, but I am learning that is a huge mistake on my part, so let me help you learn from my mistakes.

If you still have a balance after using scholarships and financial aid, then the best way to pay it is by making monthly payments. Or what I will do, is make a payment every time I receive my paycheck. Overtime, you will start to see the balance decrease and it will ease the burden of having to pay a huge lump all at once.


One thing many people don't think of when it comes to school supplies, is you can reuse your supplies every year. If you're a first-time Kindergarten parent, there is a secret; you don't have to buy everything on the teacher's list. Wait a couple days and talk to the teacher to see what is strictly required, but be sure to start out with the basics, a box of crayons, some markers, and probably some paper. You can save money also by buying the store brands of materials such as pencils and erasers. These usually work great for me. The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to go when shopping for school supplies, but keep in mind, you might be able to find some supplies for under a dollar at other stores, so be on the look out.

Also keep in mind, most retail stores have huge sales on school supplies right before school starts, and several things will go to clearance after the school year starts since they need to make space for other seasonal items. I still have several spiral notebooks from when the stores were selling them for 10 cents each. Every year, I try to be on the lookout for these types of deals, and stock up when I can. That way, I will already have them when I might need them again later in the year. Every year, I start with some supplies I still have from last year. All you really need is a binder, some paper, a pen, and a pencil to start, and you will figure out other necessities as the year goes on. Hopefully this helps all of you starting school again this fall. Here's to another great school year.


College, Education, Educational Tips, Saving Money Tips, Saving On School, School, School Fees, School Supplies, Text Books

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author avatar Courtney
I am a college student with a strong interest in writing, healthcare, music, and education. I'm currently working in retail and enjoy several activities and hobbies ranging through several categories.

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author avatar Retired
30th Jul 2014 (#)

You sound like a pro. I guess the summation of all this is 'look ahead'.
It's all great advice and I hope some people benefit from it.
Good job, Courtney. Thanks.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
31st Jul 2014 (#)

Your article manifests indepth thinking. You've the gift of a writer. Keep up!

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author avatar Retired
31st Jul 2014 (#)

I wish there was Amazon when I went to school. College bookstores make a bundle selling textbooks.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Good tips!

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