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Tami McQueen

Tami McQueen

With the average annual cost of college tuition, room & board soaring to nearly $20,000 for a four-year public in-state school1, today’s college students need to save money at every turn. Check out these helpful tips for saving money on campus.

Online Shopping Bonanza

Shop for books online at retailers like Amazon and Chegg. With Chegg save up to 80-90% by renting textbooks, browse for coupons and more on their website & app. Plus, enjoy a 21-day satisfaction guarantee- so if you drop a class within the first few weeks, you qualify for a reimbursement.

Buy in Bulk

Load-up on staples like K-Cups, bottled water, granola bars and Ramen Noodles at stores like Costco before heading to campus. 80 K-Cups of your favorite blend might seem a bit much, but after pulling a few all-nighters, you’ll be happy you saved money and have a stash on hand.

Catch the Savings

Download Apps like Walmart’s Savings Catcher App to save money on everything else you’ll need throughout the year. Simply use the App to scan your receipt barcode and if it finds a better price at stores nearby, you’ll get the difference back in the form of an eGift card.

Be True to Your School

Download your school’s free Mobile App, like Illinois State’s or the University of Arizona’s, for coupons, deals, meal plans and more – including campus events.

Bank Inspired

Open a DuPage Credit Union Core Checking account. You’ll save money with no minimum balance requirements or monthly fees and free Online, Mobile & Text Banking2. Plus enjoy thousands of Shared Branching locations and surcharge-free ATMs nationwide – so you can bank anywhere, anytime.

Best wishes on a great semester! Have other tips or suggestions to help college coeds save on campus? Share them below!

1 2015-2016 statistics from The College Board

2 Standard message and data rates may apply. Refer to your communications service provider.



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