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I'm in Coupons Scholarship 2014. Entry-Scott L.

Coupons: A College Student’s Best Friend

College is a word that is associated with many different things and feelings. For many, college offers some of the best years of a person’s life. A time for expanding your independence, a time to make mistakes and learn from them, a time to make friendships that will last a lifetime. My time in college has been absolutely amazing and I would not change a single thing about it. During my time in college, I have made friendships with people that will never end. I have made memories that I will never forget. Supporting our football, basketball, and baseball teams as all three won Big 12 Championships in the same year, cheering on the football team as they won the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game last year, and preparing to go to San Antonio to watch them get another trophy at the Alamo Bowl. But, these memories I have made while in school are not just limited to athletics, they range all over, spreading to every facet of student life. I found my perfect school in Kansas State University and I have enjoyed every second of it, besides the financial stress, that is.

Having the ability to make your own choices is an amazing thing. Choosing what classes to take, where to live, who to spend time with and when; the freedom is a great thing, but it is also a great responsibility. Being on your own allows you to make your own choices when it comes to your education and social life, but you have to be very careful not to make the wrong decisions. There are many areas of the college life that offer many different choices to make, but the one area that seems to be the biggest is money. College is expensive and the cost continues to rise, which are both things that will never change. In 2012, 71% of graduating college students had student loan debt. Many schools offer scholarships, but oftentimes, those just simply are not enough to cover an education in this day and age. As a result, there are many students who must sacrifice their education to keep from falling too far into debt.

In an attempt to counteract the rising cost of a higher education, students must get creative. There are many jobs available to students, the best of which are on campus jobs. If you work for your school, you turn in your class schedule to ensure that you will not be scheduled during class time, which is not necessarily the case for off campus jobs. If on campus jobs are not available for some reason, students look off campus for jobs. But with everything that college students have on their plates, there is simply not enough time to work enough to cover the extra cost of college. Because of this, students have to get even more creative with their ways of affording college.

There are many additional ways to save some money in college, especially provided by the school. There are often student discounts around town, cheap meals and supplies in the Union, and many other things. But a major source of discounts that many students take as much advantage of as possible are coupons. At the beginning of each semester, there are always numerous companies that hand out countless coupons to places all over town. These coupons cover all sorts of different areas, all applicable to college students. The smart students are the ones who take as much advantage of these coupons as possible and plan their meals and purchases around them.

For me personally, I use coupons as often as possible. I work on campus and do my best to cover my college expenses, but every little thing counts. Manhattan, KS is very much a college town, so many of the businesses focus their marketing efforts on the student populations. As a result, many of the places we eat and the things we buy have some sort of coupon available. In general, a person is more likely to spend money if they would be saving money with a coupon. Most of the time, my friends and I plan out where we go to eat based on who has the best coupon to save a little money or we plan where we will get our clothes or school supplies based on the best coupons. Coupons are very easy to access to college students and the smart ones, the ones who will make it out of college with less debt, plan their spending around the savings that coupons provide.

A note from us at I’m In: We can help you save on your next shopping trip for clothes, too!

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