Student loans are a part of everybody's college experience. Student loans are how we manage to go to school, buy food, and pay for Ubers — aka, the necessities. Here are some ways to make your student loan last, because clearly, I'm a pro at budgeting (heavy sarcasm, I literally Uber everywhere).

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1. Buy used textbooks.

1. Buy used textbooks.
Twitter |  @CampusStruggles

I try to order all of my textbooks online where I can find an older edition of the textbook I need for a fraction of the price. I once bought a textbook for two cents on Amazon. Wild.

2. If possible, don't buy your textbooks at all.

2. If possible, don't buy your textbooks at all.
Twitter |  @henavajena

A lot of university professors put copies of their required texts on reserve at the library. You can rent it out, bang out your readings, and save $200. All in one day.

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3. You don't need to order Chinese food three times a week.

3. You don't need to order Chinese food three times a week.
Twitter |  @eminetkgoz

Trust me. It gets boring, and the delivery man starts to remember you and it's awkward. You might as well learn how to cook a few meals to save money.

4. Meal plan and prep.

4. Meal plan and prep.
Twitter |  @derekhousman

This honestly saves you so much money in the long run. It takes an hour of your day to make the meals, you won't end up impulsively buying two pizzas, AND you stay healthy. Magical.

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5. Take advantage of student discounts.

5. Take advantage of student discounts.
Twitter |  @campusstruggles

A lot of grocery stores have days where groceries are 10% off.  Some clothing stores also have student discounts. I love saving money on nice clothes. Ballin' on a budget.

6. Also take advantage of free food.

6. Also take advantage of free food.
Twitter |  @pigstrough

Join a club, go see a guest speaker, find events that have free food. I'm pretty sure all college kids swear by this. Pretend to be social AND save money. Iconic.  

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7. Ask for a blender for Christmas and make your own juices/smoothies.

7. Ask for a blender for Christmas and make your own juices/smoothies.
Twitter |  @vinnyvegan

I'm all about eating healthy, but I'm not paying $7.50 every day for a smoothie. Your roommates might hate the sound of it, but that's what earplugs are for!

8. Farmers' markets have cheaper produce.

8. Farmers' markets have cheaper produce.
Twitter |  @killavullenmkt

I am ALL about farmers' markets. The produce is so much fresher AND cheaper, and it gives you an excuse to not study on a Saturday morning. What more do you need?

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9. Get creative. 

9. Get creative.
Twitter |  @jumaf3

Make your own Halloween costumes, hit up a thrift store and DIY some home decor. It's a fun way to procrastinate, and no one will have the same things as you. Love it.

10. Make your own spa treatments.

10. Make your own spa treatments.
Twitter |  @charlie_piggie

Ladies and gentlemen, making your own masks and bath bombs is the easiest thing you can do. I love Lush, but again, ballin' on a budget. Ya girl has to treat herself and buy groceries.

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11. Be your own barista. 

I am the queen of Starbucks, but spending six bucks every day on my soy chai lattes is excessive when I have $10 in my bank account. Buy grounds and a reusable K-cup, and you're set.

12. You have a bus pass for a reason.

12. You have a bus pass for a reason.
Twitter |  @decentbirthday

This is one I clearly struggle with. As convenient as it is, you don't need to Uber everywhere. Use the savings from taking the bus to buy an overpriced latte. Prioritize, guys.

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13. If you have to take an Uber, split it with your friends.

13. If you have to take an Uber, split it with your friends.
Twitter |  @paynecxkes

Picture this: it's cold AF outside but you don't want to bring your jacket to the bar. Solution: split the Uber fare with your friends. Problem solved. 

14. Buy things in bulk when you can.

14. Buy things in bulk when you can.
Twitter |  @CollegeStruggles

Big barrel stores sell pantry supplies so much cheaper than normal grocery stores. Getting more bang for your buck totally makes it okay that you're eating your weight in gummy bears.

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15. Borrow your parents' Costco card.

15. Borrow your parents' Costco card.
Twitter |  @Big_Sua

I have my dad's supplementary card (bless him), and now we buy things that my friends and I use a lot in bulk and split it — things like tampons and bread, y'know, the luxuries.

16. Only buy what you need, or find a way to preserve leftovers.

16. Only buy what you need, or find a way to preserve leftovers.
Twitter |  @hiba_aljindawi

If you don't finish things before they expire, it's a waste of money. Buy things you can freeze (like bread), and stock up when they're on sale. 

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17. If you live on campus, go home when you can.

17. If you live on campus, go home when you can.
Twitter |  @mackenziejacksn

Every time I come home my dad makes my favorite foods for me to take back to school, AND I can do my laundry. The best of both worlds. 

18. Boxed wine isn't as bad as it seems. 

18. Boxed wine isn't as bad as it seems.
Twitter |  @spielerman

No one's gonna judge you for bringing a bag of wine to a party, trust me. It's smart and innovative! Local wineries are usually cheaper, so check those out too!

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19. Ramen can be healthy.

19. Ramen can be healthy.
Twitter |  @mwenda_ntuara

I'm no Kylie Jenner, but I like to add my own spin on cheap ramen noodles. I usually add tofu and veggies, and only use half of the seasoning packet. Food Network, hire me. 

20. Set a budget.

20. Set a budget.
Twitter |  @mariahecl

Being a university student means that you're responsible enough to set a little budget for yourself. Make it fun — there are so many cute printables out there that are so helpful.

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