Winter break is tough on a college student. Besides the expected expenses of the holidays, you’ll also be travelling back home and probably meeting up with friends and family to catch up. Grabbing a bite to eat a few times a week during break can easily add up… and you don’t want to put yourself in any more debt.
Here’s how you can combat this expensive break.
1. Look for Paid Internships
Companies know that college students are on break and can use the money (and experience) from temporary work. Look online, ask your family and friends, or just contact companies that fit into your long-term goals.
2. Help Out Your Family, Friends and Neighbors
With kids being out of school, you might be needed for some babysitting while parents are at work. If you’re in a snowy area, you could also make some extra bucks shoveling snow.
3. Check Out Retail Stores
Many retail stores need seasonal help, so it can’t hurt to pop in an ask for an application. If you get yourself established somewhere, you may be able to pick back up in the summer.
4. Sell Your Stuff at Consignment Stores
Now is a good time to start unloading some of your things. You don’t know where you’ll be living after school, but eventually you’ll want to move out of your parents’ and you don’t want to take every single thing you’ve had since birth.
Stop in local consignment shops and find out how much they’ll pay you for old clothes, toys and other goods.
5. Search for Scholarships
There are a number of scholarships available, and many just require an essay. Do your research and figure out which ones you may qualify for. Taking off your tuition bill will save you big in the long run.
6. Market Your Social Media Skills
You’ve been conditioned to use social media for a good chunk of your life, so you know your stuff. Let local businesses know you can provide short-term assistance with their social media presence and have fun with it. You might even be able to turn it into a full-blown side gig if you get good results.
7. Share Travel Expenses
One way to cut your costs is by sharing the expense of travelling home and then back to school. Look for people heading back your way and see if you can arrange a carpool. If no one has a car, you can all pitch in to get one to take you back.
Have a safe and fun winter break!