College budget: 11 items students don't need

Packing for college is all about what you can cram into a dorm room for life away from home. Here’s what Kiplinger’s financial magazine suggests students can live without.

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College budgets can be saved by skipping items like a printer, credit card and smartphone.

1. New textbooks

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Most campuses sell or rent used textbooks. Check local Craigslist or campus bulletin boards, or online sites like or If you have an e-reader, buying digital textbooks can be far cheaper than a new hardback.

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