Best Financial Hacks for Tennessee College Students

Best Financial Hacks for Tennessee College Students

Affording everything as a full-time college student can be difficult enough with a full-time job, but even harder with a small part-time job. Even though most college students are covered by student loans or their parents, students often still have to pay for expensive textbooks, food, transportation, medical expenses, and sometimes housing. Students in certain degrees may also have to pay out-of-pocket expenses for lab fees and extra class materials. If you ever find your finances dipping down to the point of bankruptcy, consider speaking with an experienced Tennessee bankruptcy attorney who can help.


Saving on Tennessee financial necessities means saving money on things like housing, food, school supplies, and any technology you need during college. If you are attending college in your hometown, you could potentially cut your living expenses in half by living at home instead of in a dorm, given your parents do not start charging you rent. Students who do not live in their hometown may save money by sharing an apartment or choosing the cheapest dorm on campus. Do not be afraid to ask your school questions.

Tennessee student loans usually cover meal plans, but if this option does not work for you, you can always buy TV dinners and ramen noodles, much cheaper than fast food every day. Buy food that lasts rather than a TV dinner that only lasts one meal. When it comes to school expenses, you can literally save hundreds of dollars by purchasing your textbooks on eBay, Mercari, or via eBooks. If you will only need the textbook for one semester, rent the book. In terms of earning your money back, reselling your book online or to other students can often turn a bigger profit than selling the book back to the bookstore.

If your laptop just crashed before the semester started or you were unable to afford a laptop, you might be able to rent or obtain a laptop from your college. Ask around and if anything, you have library computers as an option.


Organizing a Tennessee college budget is not always easy. You will want to find some downtime when you are less busy because college can be hectic by itself. The first step is to write out how much money you make each month if you have a job. Then add up all the money you typically spend each month. Subtract these and figure out where you can cut unnecessary costs.

Cutting out unnecessary entertainment expenses can save a lot of money, but so can small things like renting instead of buying textbooks or saving gas by only going into town once a week for groceries.


Affording everything as a college student can be challenging. Feel free to ask our team of lawyers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and North Georgia any questions you have related to major financial struggles and bankruptcy. Call Tom Bible Law at (423) 690-7712 to speak with a Bankruptcy lawyer in Tennessee for a free consultation today. Our legal team of Tennessee bankruptcy attorneys is located in Chattanooga and Tullahoma. 

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