College budget: 11 items students don't need

Car? Printer? Forget it.

By , The Sacramento Bee

4. Costly smartphone plans

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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.

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