The kitchen. It’s good to have a set of silverware, a cup, a bowl and/or plate and a regular cooking pot, but other than that, you don’t need anything fancy. If you don’t have a kitchen in your dorm, skip the pot itself; a hotpot will do nicely instead of a cooking pot since you can use it in your room. If you have a meal plan with the cafeteria, save your money to use on snacks and drinks to keep in your room.
Skip the noxious chemicals. All you need to clean your dorm is some baking soda and water—and vinegar for tougher spots, if you prefer. In fact, baking soda is so cheap and has so many uses, you probably won’t need to buy many, if any, other cleaners while you’re in your new home away from home.
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There are some college expenses you can’t do much about. You can’t really haggle down dorm fees or course costs. But your textbooks don’t necessarily have to cost an arm and a leg, either. Sure, you might have to buy brand new lab books once in a while because you can’t use somebody’s written-in books; but you also don’t have to use the campus bookstore all of the time, either, which doesn’t necessarily have the best bargains to begin with.
Here are a few ways you can save big bucks on books.
Borrow. If a friend or family member has the book, just see if you can borrow it for free. Just be sure to take care of it. You may even be able to borrow it from the library (especially if it’s a novel for a literature course), or even your hometown library, if you don’t need it for the whole semester or if it’s a half-semester course.
It’s not some hokey, paranoid warning to get you to visit the campus gym; the dreaded “freshman 15” is pretty common among college students. And why wouldn’t it be? You get to sleep in later (unless you signed up for all 8:00 classes, which I do not recommend!), eat whatever greasy mess you want from the cafeteria (which is sometimes unlimited as well), and unless you’re on a team or majoring in phys ed, you probably aren’t playing any sports or engaging in other physical fitness, either.
While the “freshman 15” looms around the corner, you can still completely avoid it easily enough. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.