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If you want to make sure that you can actually afford a year in school (or four), you have to know how what it costs and if you can afford it. Remember, your dreams don't work unless you do so take time to plan and be aware of what it will actually cost so that you're not in financial distress later on.

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There is a lot of great information out there to help you plan for success so that you don't run out of funding before the end of the month or term.

Mindful Spending Tips

  • If you can't afford a car, don't get one. Use your Upass! Live within walking distance to the Mount and carpool whenever possible because owning a vehicle often can cost you $300-500/month!
  • Buy things second-hand. This can include textbooks, clothing or furniture. Save money by going to thrift shops, garage/yard sales and looking on Kijij. Your safety is more important than a cheap sofa - If you purchase anything from online, make sure to meet people in public places and bring a friend with you or make sure that someone you know well has the contact information and address of where you're meeting.
  • Invite your friends over. You don't have to break the bank and party every weekend. Have your friends over, play a game or watch Netflix where your biggest expense will be the popcorn!
  • Download the Flipp app. Pick the stores you like to shop at and every week they'll send you e-flyers so that you can compare prices. This is great for grocery shopping and will save you big bucks!
  • H.A.L.T.! Do NOT shop when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. You will likely impulse buy to fill whatever need you have at the time and will waste both your energy and money. C
  • Simplify your bills. Say "no" to unnecessary add-ons. Cable, cell phones and home phone bills are classic examples. Use your cell during free calling times only. Watch your texting and buy long distance calling cards to keep costs down. Also, wi-fi is your friend - turn off data options on your phone so that you don't use all of your data and incur large monthly overage charges!