Create a budget
Tuition. Textbooks. Bus fare. Breakfast. College is expensive, and with so much to buy and only so much money, budgeting wisely is a must. How to prioritize? This Budget Calculator from BankRate is a good place to start. It is specifically designed to help students understand their expenses and income, and helps calculate expenses and income for an eight-month school year running from September through April. Slightly more complex is Mint.com, which is free personal finance software to assist you in managing your money, financial planning, and budget planning tools. This handy site calculates your average spending in any category, and can turn it into a budget with one click.