Top Money Saving Tips when Saving for College Admissions

Top Money Saving Tips when Saving for College Admissions

If you’re a busy mom with the goal of being able to attend a medical laboratory scientist program online, but the tuition fees just seem too out of reach, it’s time to stop being so negative and look at things in a different light. Budgeting is a huge issue with families nowadays. It’s hard to make enough money to get by let alone save for other things. With that said, there are some money-saving tips that may just help you save up for those online medical lab science programs.

Look Around Your Home
What’s amazing is just how many places you can save money. Once you start looking around your home, things will start to jump out at you that you may not have noticed before. Another place you can start is by looking at your monthly bills and then creating a budget. This will allow you to pinpoint areas where you are spending a lot, and where you can possibly make cuts.

Adjust the Temperature of your Home
Home heating and cooling costs have gone up dramatically over the past few years, and these bills can end up being rather astronomical before you know it. Experts suggest adjusting the temperature in your home so your air conditioner or furnace is not running as often, or working as hard. Even if you adjust it by just a couple of degrees, it can equate to huge cost-savings.

Start Collecting Change
It’s hard to imagine all that loose change you carry around can actually add up to something, but it can! Instead of spending your loose change, get into the habit of emptying it in a jar or piggy bank at the end of each day. Give yourself one month and then roll your change up and put it all in savings. Because it’s just loose change, it won’t feel like a hit to your budget or spending money.

Use What You Have on Hand
If you’re like most families then you probably find yourself grocery shopping a couple of times a week. Here’s the thing, as we bring more groceries home and stack them in the pantry, fridge, and freezer, we start to lose track of what we have on-hand. A good rule of thumb is to let your stock run low, go through all your items on a regular basis before you go out and re-stock again. This will also prevent food from going bad before you have a chance to eat it.

Make Your Own Household Cleaners
Another rather significant expense is cleaning products for the home. Think about how much you spend on dish detergent, laundry soap, fabric softener, bathroom cleaner, counter disinfectant, toilet bowl cleaners, the list goes on and on. Why not make your own cleaners and save yourself a fortune! You can easily find recipes online, which not only compare to the store-bought cleaners, but are sometimes more effective and definitely a fraction of the cost. Baking soda and vinegar are key ingredients to making your own cleaners.

Reaching Your Goal

Once you start to find ways to save money around the home, suddenly your goal of enrolling in an online degree program won’t seem so overwhelming. There is no need to give up your dream; it’s just about finding ways to save money.'
Madison Main
When Madison isn't tending to her job at a bank, she is hauling her 5 children to soccer practice and other activities. Main is also a speech and drama coach at the local high school.

23 Responses to “Top Money Saving Tips when Saving for College Admissions

    robin masshole mommy
    4 years ago

    These are all great savings tips. It’s SO expensive, so every little bit helps.

  • The hardest thing for us is using food we already have. We eat out a lot and we tend to grocery shop anytime we want to make a meal and we get all new ingredients. I know we could save a lot of cash if we planned our meals better.

  • All great tips you have here! I guess the message is to stop wasting and start conserving! It’s not an easy thing to do, I toss out food in the fridge often. But I do save my change, to almost an obsession. 🙂

  • Perfect timing! My daughter has been accepted and will start in the fall..I know it’s only a matter of time before we have to start writing checks.

  • Love these tips, they work for saving for anything. I like menu planning and having a week where we just use food that’s in the house. Trying to avoid groc shopping for a week!

  • I love these saving tips! They can easily be implemented for anyone saving for any reason really.

  • I would so love to be better at saving money, I am a little better than I was a year ago but I would like to be better faster for sure!

  • There are plenty of ways to save money and we just don’t realize how much our daily habits affect our savings. I agree with your tips! A little adjustment here and there will definitely make a difference.

  • I don’t have any children so I’m a long way away from reaching this point. But I still find these tips to be super helpful 🙂

  • No college admissions in my future but I do love saving money! Your tips are great and are helpful regardless of what you’re saving for.

    Reesa Lewandowski
    4 years ago

    I wish I had this resource in 2000 when I was going into college, it would have been a great help to me! Saving for college can be so stressful when you don’t know how you are going to make it happen!

  • I am now myself trying to save up, and I find these tips very useful! I think one of the most important tips here is the one related to the heating / cooling expenses… so many people leave the AC, the lights or the TV on when they’re not using them and it is so wasteful and so expensive! My parents taught me to turn off whatever I was not using and I save a lot by doing that 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Carlota |

    4 years ago

    This is great to know. My kids are still a ways away from this but its great to know and start being able to do things a early rather than too late!

  • I love the idea of making your own household cleaners. I personally hate store bought cleaners because they smell so strong and I always worry about what chemicals are in them.

  • These are great tips! I’m not saving for college admission but I’ll keep these tips in mind!

  • Collecting change or doing those online “adding the extra change” to your bank accounts makes a difference. It all adds up. And making your own cleaners is a brilliant idea in general. Helps use better, safer products and saves money!

  • Great money saving tips! There are so many things you can do, including spending less in general. Good luck on getting into the program!!

  • These are brilliant tips – and not just for saving for college fees but for anything! We are currently saving for a house deposit and these will definitely come handy x

  • I am definitely concerned about how much college is going to cost when my three little kids are ready to go! We love to make homemade cleaners/laundry soap etc. It definitely is a huge cost savings!

  • These are tried, true, and surefire ways to save money! Small changes like these can create a big impact.

  • I am making my own household cleaners now. People do not realize we spend so much money on cleaners when we really dont have to. I have a huge bottle of Castile soap that is used for multiple things such as cleaning bathrooms, dishes, floors, and even washing clothes!

  • I love the idea of starting a savings challenge. Everyone in our family is extremely competitive so I’m sure we will all be motivated!

  • We collect change for our kiddos. We have a set amount go into their college accounts but also deposit jars of change and gifts the get over the year!

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