The Ridiculous Things You Did in College to Save Money

Even if you're a cheapskate today, it probably doesn't compare to the crazy ways you used to save money in college.

Here's a reminder of just how far you went back then to save a few bucks.

1. You “cooked” cheap meals you'd never eat today.


“Instant lunch” really meant “minimal cooking skills required.”

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2. You maximized roommates to bring down rent…


Living room = extra bedroom

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3. And lived in a less-than-awesome apartment.


At least things only got better from here, right?

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4. You saved every cent possible with student discounts.


$35,000 in student loans to save $0.35 on a burrito.

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5. You “worked” an on-campus job.


Work-study job takeaway: Yes, you can get paid to do nothing.

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6. Instead of paying to go out, you crammed everyone in.


Who cares about fire codes when you're having fun?!

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7. You'd go to any campus event for free food.


Asking “What's this talk about?” was code for “I'm just here for free pizza.”

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8. You learned that buying in bulk saves money.


Stacking up the savings.

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9. You never paid full price to dress up.


Hopefully you still don't pay full price to be a ladybug.

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10. You always made the most of your meal plan.

How did you save money in college? Do you still do any of these things today?

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Last Edited: May 25, 2017 @ 5:43 pm
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  1. Jake @ Common Cents Wealth says:

    Haha these are great. I did many of these back in college and I wouldn’t put it past myself to do them again if I ever needed to.

  2. Nick @ says:

    I just can’t bring myself to eat $.98 cans of soup for lunch every day anymore…

  3. Haha I love this post. Very true!