This week, Zack Whittaker posted on his iGeneration blog on ZDNet.com with some techy ways to save money at college. His blog brings up some great, and potentially overlooked, ways technology can be helping you save money while at college. We wanted to share some of the finer points with you.
“Invest in a smartphone with a good data plan”
We couldn’t agree more! Whittaker sites a phone with features like a decent camera and music player can be just as important as having access to all of your social media profiles. Ditching an mp3 player for you phone is a great way to free up space in your backpack and save you money. A smartphone with mobile web can also give you quick access to etextbooks, a notepad or voice recorder app to help you jot down some short notes, and email access to help you stay in touch with classmates.
“E-books are often cheaper than their paper equivalent”
While the cost savings associated with etextbooks can be huge (with CourseSmart you can save up to 60% on etextbooks over print textbooks), Whittaker points out another awesome feature of etextbooks– instant access from anywhere. Etextbooks can be accessed via smartphone/tablet apps or simply on the internet. No more “I forgot my book” or breaking your back on a bulging bag.
“Netbooks are easier on your wallet”
It seems you can read any tech news sites or blogs without hearing about the latest and greatest tablets from a variety of manufacturers. In the flurry of wanting the newest gadget, students might not be considering what the best option is: tablet, laptop or netbook. Whittaker poses a valid point; netbooks are much less expensive than tablets and are capable of doing everything a student might need. And, most netbooks are only slightly thicker than tablets making them friendly on your backpack as well.
These are only a few points from Whittaker’s iGeneration post, so check out the full article for more ways going tech can save you money in college. Do you have any special tech tips to save money?