Since it’s back to college season here in the United States, I thought it might be a good time to post some smart money-saving tips for college students – especially students who choose to live on-campus. While it can be tempting to purchase all of your school supplies, including a laptop or iPad, at the college bookstore for convenience sake, chances are if you do that you’ll end up paying a lot more money than the computer’s even worth. Oh, I get why people do it – the bookstore has everything you could possibly need in one spot and you’ve got loans and grants to pay for it all – so why not just grab everything you need all at once and be done with it? Simply because it’s probably not worth it in the long run, and you can find a much better deal elsewhere.
Techspot recently investigated this issue using U.S. News and World Report’s information on some of the top-ranking colleges out there. Their findings may surprise you, but then again they may not as it seems to be the world we live in.
Here’s what surprised me the most: on average, they found that most laptops cost 35% more than what they could be found for outside of the college bookstore. And often, those computers weren’t even close to being the newest models available on the market.
So, if you’re a student, or have a student in your family, you may want to look for a computer outside of the college bookstore. Something tells me you might get a much better deal if you do.
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