A new semester is a fresh start, which means it’s a perfect time to refocus on your academics and, of course, your budget. Here are thirty easy ways you can begin to save within your daily life, from the way you approaching food to the way you dining to driving, there are easy ways to scrimp and save on just about everything under the sun. Get on track by utilizing the following easy ways to save money throughout the semester.Remember, you’re being charged for literally every single ingredient you consume, not to mention the service and accommodations – even if they aren't great and are merely a drive-through! If you have a meal plan, be sure to utilize it as much as you can. You're essentially paying to eat there every day anyway, so why not use it? If you have the urge to switch it up, why not organize a potluck with friends instead? It will save funds and likely be much more fun and budget-friendly for everyone involved.2. Break the bottled water habit. Water is the simplest commodity to save money on because, really, you’re paying for convenience. If you think bottled water tastes that differently, purchase a water filter and a reusable water bottle that you can refill daily. It’s better for the earth, anyway. 3. Brew your own coffee. While the savory scents at coffee shops are enticing, you can recreate that aroma in your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost! Skip the super expensive brews (remember, you are trying to save) and opt for the more cost-effective caffeine options. At a minimum of nearly two dollars a cup, brewing your own cup of java will add up in no time! 4. Explore the fine art of couponing. There are coupons for pretty much everything nowadays and there’s absolutely no shame in using them, especially when you’re a tragically impoverished college student (or about to become one). Utilize coupons when going out to eat (though you should limit doing that, see number one), grocery shopping and any other goods or services (like haircuts). 5. Buy in bulk, when possible. You can’t buy everything in bulk (who needs a thousand plastic forks, anyway?) but, for some things, it’s the smarter option. Purchase items in bulk that you know you’ll use eventually that don’t spoil, like toilet paper or paper towel. Or, if you go in on bulk items with roommates or friends, it can be the cost-savvy way to go because you can divvy up the price and the goods. 6. Skip the midnight snack runs. College students operate on cartoon-character like schedules (no judgment) because of crazy study schedules, work schedules and party hours. This can become costly if you start a routine of picking up that 4th meal during the wee hours, when your only option is fast food. If you know you’re going to be hungry at the eleventh hour, ensure you have other options by packing your fridge – it’s healthier for you and your wallet. 7. Don’t drink alcohol. If you’re of age, you know that alcohol is a major budget-buster. It’s expensive and can eat through your funds faster than you’d ever anticipate. Do yourself a favor by giving it up! Not only is it bad for you, but it can have dangerous side effects, also. If you simply must drink alcohol, drink on the cheap – budget beers or inexpensive wines are the way to go. Most college students are accustomed to drinking on the cheap, because drinking habits are far too costly for student budgets. Do yourself a favor and ditch the booze altogether!
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