Monday AM August 16th, 2010

After the sticker shock of tuition, room and board, there are some areas where parents can save as their kids go to college. Ed Mayberry reports.
Kiplinger Online LogoAn article called "12 Things College Students Don't Need" is online at Kiplinger.com. After all those fees, parents can save by forgoing a pricey smart phone plan, for example. Contracts with data can run as high as $200 a month. Forget cable television — students can watch movies and TV online. Marc Wojno with Kiplinger's says there are other ways to save.

"Parents assume that kids are going to have to buy brand new textbooks — the ones that are in the shrink-wrap. Not necessarily the case. I mean, actually a lot of schools now are offering rental programs for incoming freshmen for textbooks that deal with core curriculum classes (and) pre-requisite classes. You can go online to various campus rental book Websites where you can rent the books."

Wojno says you don't need to buy a high-end laptop.

"As long as it's a reliable computer, you know, you don't need the most expensive computer with all the bells and whistles, because really, what your kids are really going to need to use it for is writing the terms papers and doing research on the Internet. Laptops tend to be better because they're more portable, they're easy to take with you, and available at Best Buy for as low as $530."

Wojno recommends not buying a printer with its ink replacement costs, but rather have your student use a flash drive and print in the campus computer lab, which you may already be paying for. Other areas to save include reigning in credit card use.

Ed Mayberry, KUHF News.
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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...