10 techy ways to cut the costs of college

10 techy ways to cut the costs of college

Summary: Here are ten simple techy ways to help you save money whilst at college or university.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • But then again, if you do prefer to have a book in your hand, you can find second-hand books at very low costs on Amazon too. 

    If you use Google Books and whack in the ISBN number, you can often find a cheap second-hand retailer in the side menu. You can do the same on Amazon, or even use Wikipedia Book Search to manually search with ISBN numbers which will kick back a list of results.

    In some cases, you can rip out chapters that you need from Google Books without needing to buy them. Most of the time, pages will be missing, but it is certainly worth a shot. 

    Always be sure to check the "new", "used" and "collectable" links on Amazon, and do not automatically be drawn to one. A book is a book, and if you want a cheap and shabby copy of the latest edition, that's better than buying an expensive one in a better condition. As long as it's readable, it shouldn't matter too much.

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

  • Often there are no bandwidth restrictions on your university connection, so it might be worth downloading large files, such as on-demand content on campus rather than at home. 

    If your home connection has restrictions or bandwidth caps, especially in shared housing it will mount up very quickly, even if you only stream media off YouTube or other on-demand content sites.

    Plus, university bandwidth is in the vast majority of cases, completely free to use and at no further expense to you.

    But remember not to download torrents and to use HTTP downloads like Rapidshare and Mediafire, because torrents can be traced back to you - and your university could disable your IT account. 

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

  • If you are in town or away from university, it might be best choosing your destination for coffee and lunch based on the availability of free Wi-Fi

    Whilst a lot of coffee shops and restaurants keep Wi-Fi free, many only allow patrons to use it. Regardless, you will often find it a lot cheaper to buy a simple cup of coffee at $2 and use the free wireless internet, instead of spending $5 each time to use pay-per-use Wi-Fi.

    Plus, if you get the opportunity, enabling Wi-Fi on your mobile device will mean you do not churn up your data plan from your network.

    And anyway, why else would you go into a McDonalds? For the food? Yeah, not this vegetarian.

    To read more on this, head over to the iGeneration blog.

Topic: Hardware

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