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PFCollege: Use Your College Facilities

This isn’t so much a personal finance tip as it is a general tip for all you college kids out there: Use the various facilities at your college or university while you can (for free) because you’ll miss it when you’re gone. Think about it… you probably have a free gym, free internet, free television, and you’ll be close to a library; so take advantage of it! When you leave, you’ll pay a minimum of $30 a month for a gym membership (which you’ll probably have to drive to), a fat $80+ or so for internet and cable, and you’ll probably need to drive to the closest library. All those resources will likely be within walking distance.

Also, make it a habit to go to the library if you want to read a book, magazine, or newspaper instead of buying the book or subscribing to the magazine or newspaper. I almost never read a book cover to cover and I almost never read a book more than once, so why pay for the cow when you can get the milk for free? 🙂

Consider an even more drastic case in the event of magazines or newspapers, you will likely never read a magazine from two months ago or a newspaper from a week ago. I personally never read a newspaper because I get the most up to date information online (you should to if you’re concerned about timeliness) and I really don’t want to get a subscription because I don’t read the whole newspaper anyway. I never read the Style, Classifieds, Automobiles, or Sports (I’m not a fan of any of the local teams) sections so why waste the ink or the trees (or recycled paper) on pages I won’t even separate? But, if you are a fan of newspapers, your library will have them and you’ll only cut down a couple branches a year instead of a forest. 🙂

This article is part of a series called Personal Finance for College Students [3] (hence, PF College).