This blog was written by Stephanie Saccente, a Campus Ambassador from San Diego State.
Whether you attend a school in your home state or one out of state, paying for college can be expensive. (Cue the infamous Bridesmaids quote, “help me I’m poor!”) Having roommates is one way you can help cut your expenses and keep your wallet happy. Welcome the opportunity to share some of your own items and borrow some things from your roommate you may not have. It’s silly to have duplicates of the same things, so talk with your roommate before you move in together and discuss what you’re both willing to share. Here are five things you can think about sharing with your roommate and live without breaking the bank.
1. Netflix Account: Movies are the perfect way to unwind after a long day or bond with friends. Netflix subscriptions are available for only $8 a month and are perfect for the busy college student on the go. Make a plan with your roommate to split the cost each month or alternate paying the bill.
2. Grocery Store Valued Customer Rewards Card: Many grocery stores offer their customer’s reward cards in which customers can use to receive discounts on regular priced items. Reward card customers also have the opportunity to gain points for every purchase made which can be used for discounts off of gas and a variety of free items, depending on the store. Signing up with your roommate means more cumulative points overall and more money saved on commonly needed items.
3. Textbooks: Textbooks in college can cost hundred and sometimes even thousands of dollars. Sharing a textbook with a classmate or roommate is a great way to save some cash. If you and your roommate are planning on taking the same course, split the cost of one textbook and then work out a rotation schedule for your reading time and homework.
4. Cooking Equipment: If you and your roommate can be respectful of each other’s personal property, there should be no reason why you should have duplicate items. College dorm rooms and apartments are small and compacted as it is, and the less you have, the better. Before you move in, plan to go shopping together and search for items that you’ll both be able to get a lot of use from. Cooking equipment is the perfect example of something you can share with your roommate and both get a lot of use out of.
5. A printer: Having a printer can be a high maintenance responsibility. Apart from the initial sticker price you pay when you first buy it, you most also buy ink and paper for the printer on a regular basis. Work out a plan with your roommate to commonly use one printer and to rotate buying paper and ink. Although, make sure to put the printer in a place that will be convenient for both of you to use to avoid complications and conflict.