Reboot and Rally: Save Money Online
The worst part about every Winter term for me is my lack of cash. I spend way too much money of EBAs, Keystone Light and scorpion bowls from the Orient. I thought about giving up one of my favorite pastimes, but I couldn’t let one go. Instead, I devised a few (legal) ways to save money in my digital life. I hope these help you out.
I used to not buy my textbooks because I didn’t want to pay $150-$400 every term. I soon learned that my GPA didn’t like this strategy. As soon as I was about to submit, I learned about digital textbook rentals. Resources such as Amazon.com andiTuneshave bought mass licenses to textbooks and they sell temporary electronic versions of the books to students for a set amount of time.
Let’s be real, how many times are you going to refer to that Physics 3/4 textbook after you’re done with the class? Digital rentals are cheap and convenient. You simply log into the site, state how long you want the book, then download it. The best part is that both Amazon and Apple let you download the book to portable devices such as kindles, tablets, Android Phones and iPads. If you don’t like reading on electronic screens, you’re out of luck, but this is a great option for people who want to save money. I saved over $100 by renting my Econ 20 book on Amazon this term.
**2. Listen toSpotify**If you are a music lover, Spotify is the perfect solution to (legally) get all the music you want at a great price. For only 10 bucks a month, you can listen to almost any song as long as you have an internet connection. The program integrates with Facebook so you can see what your friends are listening too and even listen to the exact same song at the exact same second. There is also a Spotify app so you can listen to your favorite music on the go.
Another cool Spotify feature is that you can create playlists. You can have your own playlist or create a group playlist with your friends. You can then use Facebook or Twitter to share these playlists so everyone can know what awesome taste you have in music. Basically, Spotify is Pandora on steroids.
If you’re a movie lover and you can’t afford to buy the newest releases off of iTunes, Netflix will be your savoir. Although it doesn’t get new releases when they come out on DVD, the wealth of movies, TV shows and stand-up comedy acts will keep you entertained for a long time, and it’s only eight bucks a month. For less than a bag of popcorn and a drink at a theater, you can enjoy thousands of movies from the comfort of your home. Additionally, Netflix has an app for all iOS and Android devices so you can get your "Arrested Development" fix while waiting for stir-fry at Collis.