Money Management 101

Create a Budget

Practice using your budget before you get to campus.

Stretch Your Meals

✔ Reserve eating out     for special occasions ✔ Stretch meal plans     with to-go boxes ✔ Make meals in your     dorm


Rack up fuel points at the grocery store to save on gas.

Thrift Favorite Outfits

Buy and sell gently used clothes online with sites like thredUP and Poshmark.


Look for student discounts with your college IDs at restaurants, stores, museums, and movie theaters.

Buy Books Like a Pro

✔ Do comparison     shopping online ✔ Buy early for better     deals ✔ Look for used books     and older editions ✔ Rent or share books     with a classmate


Sell books as soon as the semester ends.

Share Your Insurance

✔ Stay on your parents'     health and     car insurance ✔ Look for student     insurance plans


Check for discounts for filling prescriptions at a certain pharmacy or via a mailorder.

Be Persistent

Stick with it even if you get off track.


Use free online budgeting tools.

College Planning Calendar

Stay on track as you navigate each step of the college planning process.