Life in Paradise: Cash Saving Tips for Westmont College Students

 By: Louis Wright
Few things are as a great as the years spent gaining your college education. When you attend Westmont College, you'll also be equipping yourself with the skills and knowledge for your future career, and (hopefully) guard yourself against any financial difficulties. With that said, good luck staying within any sort of budget while attending college. First off, the College is located in the beautiful California Coastal Mecca of Montecito. Yes, that Montecito, the one where Oprah lives, next to sunny Santa Barbara. If your parents are footing the bill, lucky you! Be sure to send them a "thank you" note when you graduate. If cash doesn't grow on trees in your family, here are a few suggestions to ensure that your college years spent in Paradise aren't too torturous.

It may not be something you've ever had to do, but sharing a room with one or more people may be the best thing to do when you go to college, especially the first year. Westmont College has 5 dorms on campus that can sometimes be noisy, have hardly any privacy, and full of the eccentricities of total strangers. But you'll be living right in the heart of college life. And those sometimes total strangers will probably end up being your friends for life. Of course the best reason to live in the dorms at Westmont College is that it will be cheaper than renting your own apartment and having to pay all sorts of bills. Also, food on campus is much cheaper than eating out on Coast Village Road in Montecito or even cooking it yourself. If you do dabble in culinary arts, visit the Farmer's Market. You'll not only be eating healthier and avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15, but you may be able to find some bargains as well.

One great way to save cash while attending Westmont College is to avoid an overpriced coffee habit. Those daily triple lattes can really add up quickly so try brewing at home, or buying from the cafeteria. You should definitely invest in a reusable mug to take it on-the-go and help save the environment. Have a shopping habit? You'll probably have to limit your visits to Nordstrom's while attending Westmont College. One way to stay stylish is to look for fashionable finds at thrift stores or used clothing boutiques. With a little bit of browsing, you can get a chic or cool vintage outfit at stores like Goodwill or try some of the lightly used stylish clothing outlets on State Street. They usually have a very picky and seasonal process for deciding what pieces make it into their racks. Ask them about bringing in your lightly used stylish threads to exchange for store credit or cash. If you absolutely must shop at Nordies, be smart and hit up the sale racks first. You are living in Montecito after all!
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