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As a college student, I know the struggle of money stress. You begin to pay for bills, food, entertainment… you mentally prepare yourself for student loans post-college. Whether you are financially independent or simply aware these events are in the future, one way to ease your mind is to learn how to save a little cash! Here are my five tips for saving money as a college student:

1) Save on books by shopping for the best deal. It takes a little extra time and effort, so before your semester starts- grab a notebook or the notepad on your phone and price compare the text books you need. Also, ask yourself if you’ll need this textbook in the future or if it’s not important in your major. If it’s not, renting books through the bookstore or are great options to save money! If you plan to keep your book, look for used books. For the amount that you’ll save, it’s worth the less-than-perfect cover.

2) Ditch the plastic bottles and Starbucks and save $$. It may seem like a few dollars for a latte, or $1 for that bottle of water, but this adds up! Bring your water bottle and fill up at the water fountain. If you can’t ditch the Starbucks coffee, buy ground coffee at the store (for the price of 1-2 lattes) and make a pot of coffee that can be used all week. I like to pour my brewed coffee into large Mason Jars because this keeps the coffee fresh all week long. Heat up at school or drink iced!

3) Pack lunch and snacks. Some of us (*cough* fellow dietetics students) absolutely love packing a balanced lunch and snacks everyday, but this isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do. If you’re looking to save though, this will help a ton! At very least, throw a granola bar, trail mix or a piece of fruit in your backpack for brain power during class.

4) Be familiar with cheap and nutritious snack options. Some inexpensive (and healthy!) snack options include bananas, apples, hardboiled eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese and popcorn. For a full list, check out Healthy Foods: 44 Cheap Foods Under $1.

5) Utilize your resources. Use the library to rent books, DVDs and magazines for free. Google local festivals in the area; they’re often free and very abundant in the fall! Check for local events on Fontbonne’s website for campus activities, and ask classmates from the Saint Louis area what they like to do for fun.


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Saving money

by Alumni Posts on May 28, 2014

in College Life

A lot of people have an issue with saving money. Here are a few tips: 1. Don’t buy what you don’t need. 2. See how much is in your bank account and set up a spending budget. 3. If you don’t have self control with money and you know you don’t have extra money to spend, stay in the house and DO NOT go to Applebees with your friends. Last but not least: 4. Don’t eat your money. A lot of times, we don’t even think about it but when we stop at fast food places to grab a quick meal or buy snacks, we are eating our money. Those dollars will add up and you have nothing to show for it. Try packing a lunch before you leave home. Have fun saving!!


Alumni Posts


by Alumni Posts on April 13, 2011

in Academics,Extracurricular

So I was in my poetry class tonight, and my fellow blogger, Cameron Braun, wrote a poem about money. I really liked the poem, by the way, Cameron, even if it was a little like a riddle. Anyway, it was interesting because it described something that I see every day. In his poem, Cameron was describing a one dollar bill. I couldn’t tell you what exactly the one dollar bill looks like except that it has good old George Washington’s face on it. Oh, and the ones of course. Many, many ones are part of the one dollar bill. It just made me think of all these things that I see or do every day, but that I never take time to appreciate. For instance, I’m not sure which shoe I put on first when I start my day. I know that not many people do, but it’s something so engrained in us, that we do it mechanically. I just think it’s funny how these little things become almost imperceptible in our lives. What do you think? What are somethings that you do every day, but maybe don’t notice?


Valentine’s Day was two days ago, and for me, it was just another Monday. Whether or not I have or had a valentine, I feel like it is just an overrated holiday. It is a day for people to overly spend their money on hallmark cards, expensive flowers and heart-shaped boxes full of chocolates. I feel like there shouldn’t be one day to express your love for someone; it is something that should be done every day. To get flowers on Valentine’s Day is one thing, but getting flowers as a surprise on any given day of the week is the most amazing feeling. I believe that is the best way to show love. I also think that spending that much money is more about greediness or showing high maintenance people at their worst. Love comes from the heart, not the money in your pocket. Love is a great thing — spread it every day. :)


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