June 16: Live the frugal life now to handle college costs

This should be a no-brainer, but it’s summer time and it’s hard to keep track of where your money is going. You have a lot of free time and almost nothing you spend your time on will be free. However, there will be a lot of unexpected expenses that will come up throughout the school year outside of paying for room and board, tuition and books.

Many of you will go Greek and house dues, event fees and clothing and other items with your new letters on them can all add up. Heading outside the dorms for dinner can be a pricey choice. If you plan on partaking in various activities of the night, You should be warned that drinking tickets in Champaign are $290. You might also get speeding tickets you won’t want to tell your parents about, so you’ll pay the fine.

These examples don’t even scratch the surface. Be smart and save a good chunk of whatever you earn.