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What are good ways to get extra cash for college?

Any job recommendations?
Where to get cheap books?
Scholarships?
Savings tips?

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Tracey’s Answer

As far as jobs, if you live on campus you may want to focus on your classes your first year. If you are off campus, try local department stores, or even seasonal positions. Be careful that the job schedule does not override your school schedule. College is your main focus and sometimes a part time gig may pull you away from that.

As far as cheap books, the campus bookstore will often have the used version of the books you need which are cheaper than the new ones. You can also try Amazon or Ebay as many college students put their books up for sale on line. Just be careful that the edition of the book matches what your professor requires. You don't want to spend money on a 9th edition book and your professor will be using a brand new 10th edition. college-advice
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Yvonne’s Answer

Hi Verenice,


In addition to what Tracey has mentioned, you could also create a budget to track all your savings and expenses. Oftentimes we would not think twice about spending on cheaper things like coffee or snacks, but over time they could add up to a lot of money that could potentially be in our savings! You could also find a part time job on campus to earn extra money. On campus jobs are usually for students to apply and they are more likely to cater to your class schedules than off-campus jobs. Also, on campus jobs require none or minimal travel so it will work out even if you don't own a car. You could also try to find an internship or full time job over the summer. Internships are great as they help you gain experience within your field of study while earning money. Last but not least, buying your textbooks from your friends who just took the class might be an option as you are able to negotiate the price with them.


Hope this helps. Good Luck!

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Katy’s Answer

Part-time and seasonal jobs are always a great way to earn extra cash during school. It's even better if you can get a paid internship or position in a field that aligns with your career aspirations. But, as stated before, school should always come first.

A few other places to look at books are Chegg, AbeBooks, ThriftBooks, and Valorebooks. Any time I bought/rented books, I looked at all of these websites and Amazon and Ebay to make sure I got the cheapest book possible. You can also use them to sell books if you do end up having to buy them new, I know Valorebooks gave me the most money possible for my old textbooks. Also, ask previous students or even the professor if the book is a necessity, or if you'll only use it for a few chapters. If you don't need it, don't buy it.

Other tips I would suggest include applying to your school's scholarship fund, if it has one, and most do. Shop for groceries at cheaper stores: there is no shame in grocery shopping at Dollar General, Big Lots, or Aldi. You'll get the same products for cheaper. Use coupons! Focus on your spending and saving habits, and always put something away for a rainy day. The sooner you start saving, the better off you'll be. Set a budget, and stick to it. Also, take good care of yourself. You are your #1 priority. That means mental health, physical health, and personal commitments.

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Shannon’s Answer

in addition to the great answers above: if your parents are members of clubs like rotary, there are scholarships available to you. there are many books full of suggestions like that. borrow them from the library, don't buy them. set up a budget so that you save whatever money you get and still have a little money for having fun. this is a vital adult skill so learning now is a great idea. hint - alcohol is less important than college. learn to have fun without it! you can't expect to make a lot of money in high school so put away as much as you possibly can. if you can work in your chosen field during high school & undergrad that's a great way to get money AND experience. for example nurse aid/medical assistant if you want to work in health care. pays better than fast food or retail too. someone interested in finance, insurance, advertising, banking etc might try for an internship in that area. someone in high school might get a summer job in the mailroom. can be dumb work but also beats fast food/retail. a really great worker might even get a scholarship from that employer (i stress REALLY GREAT WORKER and it might apply only if you work full-time during a gap year or something). if you know someone in your desired industry, ask them what they'd recommend. you might even have an informational interview with someone (a stranger or a friend of your family etc) in your desired field to find out how they got where they are, and what their first jobs were. take only 15 minutes of their time & ask only questions you can't answer with google.
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