College budget: 11 items students don't need

Car? Printer? Forget it.

4. Costly smartphone plans

  • close
    Ahn Young-joon/AP
    View Caption

Cellphone data contracts can run as high as $200 a month. Instead, look at no-contract alternatives, such as Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk Plan, which starts at $35 a month for unlimited Web, data, messaging and email.

4 of 11

Read Comments

View reader comments | Comment on this story
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.