Going off to college is an exciting time! One very important skill you’ll need is learning how to save while living on your own. The easy first step is finding out what you don’t need to buy

  • A printer – They take up too much space, and the cost of ink and paper adds up. Check with your college to see if they have a printer allowance (usually included in the school’s technology fee), giving you access to the school’s printers. Also, many professors prefer that you turn in your papers electronically through the school’s educational portal (e.g., Blackboard or Moodle.)
  • Computer software. Most schools have special arrangements with Microsoft to provide the software to their students for free. If you have cable at home, virus software is often available to download through the cable provider.
  • TV – Stream most of your favorite shows through your laptop or mobile device. Besides, who has time for TV when you have classes, homework, studying and your new social life!