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PFCollege: Use Your College Facilities

Posted By Jim On 11/04/2006 @ 9:47 am In Frugal Living | 7 Comments

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).

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