In case you haven’t heard, you have to spend money to make money, and this philosophy was never more accurate than in the case of obtaining a college education. And you’ll spend plenty. Of course, you stand to earn a pretty good living once you complete your coursework and clinical hours and pass your licensing examination. And there will be other benefits down the line, including the ability to comfort and care for suffering patients in need of your expertise.
But until then, you’re going to have to find ways to make ends meet while you’re still in your nursing program, and that can be difficult when class time, studying, and clinic requirement leaves you little wiggle room for a wage-earning occupation. So here are just a few money-saving tips that will help you to reach your goal with less debt on the books.
As if you need one more time-consuming task to squeeze into your schedule, right? The thing is, this one can save you a ton of money during your time in college. Scholarships can be used for tuition, books, supplies, and even living expenses.
So if you don’t have time for a regular job, at least devote a couple of hours a week to applying for targeted or general scholarships on websites like FastWeb. This site customizes your results based on a survey, and Zinch, which offers weekly Three-Sentence Essay scholarships that could net you $1,000 for what virtually amounts to two tweets worth of text.
Any student still buying full-priced textbooks at the campus bookstore is uninformed on the topic of saving money. Haven’t you heard of the interwebs? So long as you know the name, author, and edition you need, or better yet the ISBN, you can hit up all kinds of discount websites in search of savings on these essential purchases.
Amazon is an excellent place to start, but if you can’t find the discounts you’re looking for, you can also try sites like Bookbyte or Half.com. And don’t forget that renting your textbooks for the semester is another option that could save you upwards of 75% on the cover price. Barnes & Noble has this option, as do sites like textbooks.com, textbookrentals.com, and campusbookrentals.com. And Amazon offers rentals for your Kindle.
As a student in a medical field, you’ll need lab coats, scrubs, or both. These garments can set you back a bit, but they are necessary for your protection. Luckily, you can find them for a lot cheaper than local retailers, or the campus store is offering by looking online.
Outlets like My Nursing Uniforms and Lydia’s Uniforms can net you scrubs for as much as half off, and Just Lab Coats, as you may have guessed, provides all manner of lab coats at discounted prices.
Most nursing programs will require you to purchase some necessary supplies for your kit, such as a stethoscope, a blood pressure cuff, and so on. Your best bet here is to scout around online for a nursing kit that contains all the items you’ll need, or else put together your piecemeal from discounted items. Amazon is a great resource that offers both options, while All Heart often has sales on everything a medical student or professional might need.
Here I am in Belton, trying to survive nursing school, while my whole family is setting sail on a cruise the next five days. #INeedACruise
— Madison Scott (@madison_scott15) January 22, 2018
Whether you’re involved in a Utah CNA training program, or you’re working towards a BSN in Texas, the bulk of your expenses are going to be related to housing, transportation, and the necessities of life. Finding a low-rent situation may not be easy, but taking on roommates is always an option.
As for transportation, however, you can significantly reduce costs by registering your vehicle as a non-op in favor of public transit (or riding your bike whenever possible). And you should see if you qualify for a free or reduced meal plan on campus, which can help you to observe a balanced diet during this hectic time in life.