10 Tips to Stretch Your College Dollar: A Crash Course for Cash-Strapped Students

Classes, exams, dorm life and extracurricular pursuits aside, college also is about weighing career options and identifying a potential profession or field in which to eventually earn a living.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The first order of business is getting through college — and doing so with a minimum of monetary headaches. Better for undergrads to concern themselves with their grades and their futures (and, perhaps, whether to spend the afternoon in the library or at the pre-game tailgate party) than worry about whether their money will last through the semester.

Eventually that college degree should yield a steady real-world paycheck. But until it does, here are some creative ways for cash-strapped college students to stretch their dollars and ease their financial stress long enough to earn that diploma:

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