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Hacks to help your college student manage money

ORLANDO, Fla. – High school students spend a lot of time preparing for college academics, but many don’t think about how they will budget their finances. Below are some hacks to help them save their cash. 

Heading to college is an exciting and expensive adventure. According to time.com, the number of defaulted federal student loans has jumped to more than 8 million as of 2017, but with some simple planning, you can keep your finances in check.

Make a budget

First, make a budget. Include room, board, tuition, food, school supplies and entertainment.

Mint is a free app that lets you track all your financial accounts in one place.

Google Pay works like an online wallet. You can check out in hundreds of apps without having to re-enter your payment info. 

Cash-Strapped lets you set a daily, weekly, or monthly budget for your income. It re-calculates your remaining cash every time you spend money.

Rent textbooks

When it comes to textbooks, you might want to try renting instead of buying, or check out Amazon Prime Student. It lets you rent and compare prices of textbooks and other items. You can sell back books in exchange for gift cards.

Ask for discounts

Be sure to ask for student discounts everywhere you go. Lots of restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores offer them. Also, use reward cards for your purchases. You could earn air miles or even cash every time you spend money.

Credit cards

If you’re looking for a good credit card, try to find one with the lowest interest rate that doesn’t charge an annual fee.

Most financial experts don’t recommend credit cards for college students unless you are sure you can pay them off each month.

Ruining your credit rating so young will haunt you for years and may kill your chances of buying a car or a house.