The first subject we will discuss is the most obvious one--BUDGET. Now I'm sure that most of you know what comes in every month, and the bills you have to pay, but do you track it? How often do you pay bills? What is your surplus? What are you doing with your surplus? Do you save money automatically every month? These are important considerations, and the best way we have found to track what you are spending is through either an Excel spreadsheet, or an online service like FeedthePig.org. It may take a while to enter your income and expenses, but once you do, you can have an excellent idea of what areas you may need to trim your spending, and how much you can save. And speaking of saving, do you have a set amount of money automatically drafted from your checking every month? You should. Did you know that if you saved only $25 a month starting at age 18, that by age 65 you would have $14.100? That may not sound like much, but if you took that money, invested it and earned an average of 5% compounded monthly interest over that period of time, you would have approximately $57,100! Not too shabby for only saving $25 a month. Imagine what you could do if you could scrape together $100 a month? This is why it is important to map out your spending and saving.
3) Tutor.com - Pass a few standard tests and boom! you are eligible to be an online tutor on their platform earning money. You can set your hours and choose what subjects to tutor.
4) Care.com - Set up your profile on their website as a petsitter, babysitter, caregiver, or house cleaner, and start getting messages for people who need your services. You set your rates and hours available.
5) Freelancer.com - Are you good at building websites or graphic design? This is a site where you set up your profile and then bid on posted jobs. This is contract work, and you have to against other freelancers for each job. If you're good, reasonable, and deliver on time you will earn more jobs.
These are just a few ideas for you to save and earn some extra cash and feel "free-er" while going to college. These are no substitute for hard work, but starting these good habits can help get you there.