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How to save money shopping for college school supplies

By: Joshua Unseth-- 2010-07-22 6:00 am --

College is an exciting time for everyone. For most young people, it is the first time they will be living away from home. It's also the first time many will have to pay their own way in life, and have the responsibility of college-related bills. There's a lot more to college than just tuition! Today we'll look at how to save money shopping for back to school supplies college style.

Buy in bulk. There are a lot of things that can be purchased in bulk as students get ready to go to college. Pens, Notebooks and erasers are all good staples - get it? Staples...

Textbooks. Aside from tuition, textbooks are the most expensive supplies for college you will encounter. Before you pay full price for a textbook, do a little online research. Find out if the textbook you need is available as an e-book. If so, you can save up to 50% for the price of the book. Also, see if renting your textbook is an option. Another way to save money is to see if your college textbook is available for a free download online; some of them are, so it's worth looking into.

Computer. Every college student will need a computer. To save money, find out if your college offers a student discount by purchasing the computer through them. Some college campuses offer refurbished computers at a deep discount. Another option is to check into student programs offered by computer manufacturers, such as Dell, HP, and Apple. Oftentimes, you can even delay payments until after graduation.

Buy a discount card. A discount card for students can be used to save money on virtually everything you will need for college. You'll pay a one time fee for the card, but then it can be used to save money on food, school supplies, clothing, computers, and much more. Check out websites like Student Advantage to find out more about this great money-saving discount card.

Barter. Never underestimate what you bring to the table. What skill do you have that can be used to barter for school supplies you need? Place an ad in the classifieds stating your desire to barter goods. Perhaps you are a skilled typist who could offer to type research papers for a used textbook. If you don't have a particular skill, barter something material that you no longer use.

Buy away from college. Don't purchase supplies at the school bookstore, as prices are typically higher there. Instead, stock up on supplies while you're still at home. Buy in bulk and then store your supplies in a lockable container, to prevent them from being stolen or 'borrowed' without your permission.