College budget: 11 items students don't need

College budgets can be saved by skipping items like a printer, credit card and smartphone. L: Toshiba Tec Corporation/Business Wire R: Courtesy of Square

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.

1. New textbooks


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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