Tips, Tricks, And Hacks Every College Student Can Rely On To Make Their Lives Easier

Postsecondary learning institutions, more commonly known as colleges or universities, are more popular in the United States of America than ever before. Many people go because it's virtually tradition for today's high school graduates to attend college. the Bureau of Labor Statistics has quantified this measure from the graduating class of 2016 and found that over two-thirds of high school graduates immediately enrolled in college - that's 69.7% - although it's not clear whether they maintained good grades, failing grades, or dropped out. 

Unfortunately for college students, most are directly out of high school, having worked part-time jobs for minimum wage, if possessing any occupational experience at all. While some students have parents who fund their way through college, buying gas, food, furniture, laundry, housing, and the proverbial laundry list of necessary expenditures. This list of tips, tricks, and hacks was created with broke, busy college students in mind, making the most of their appliances, their roommates' belongings, and what little money they have. Let's get started - prepare your note-taking material; class is now in session.

Plastic Baggies, Walmart Bags, Grocery Sacks - Oh My!

Plastic bags, no matter where they come from - as long as they're clean, that is - are undoubtedly helpful for college students. You can keep food in them from friends' houses, the campus cafeteria, or leftovers from dishes you cook by storing them in the fridge or freezer. Rather than spending five or more dollars on quality trash can liners that actually hold a reasonable amount of waste without busting upon, ask for extra bags when grocery shopping and use them to store trash. Store virtually anything in these bags without hassle, whether it's school supplies, first aid material, or medicine. 

The best part about this college life hack? It's 100%, tee-totally, entirely, wholly free. F-R-E-E... What does that spell? Free!

Match, Match, Match Your Bo. Uhhh, Clothes

Many college students make countless mistakes while washing clothes, understandably so because most parents wash their children's laundry, leaving freshmen proverbially hanging out to dry when it comes time for their first, second, third, or eighth - yeah, seniors aren't much better than freshmen at cleaning clothes - semester of college. 

Whites and lights should be thrown in the same wash cycle. Fabrics that are similar to one another don't degrade the quality of one another when washing or drying. Reds should be combined with oranges and yellows; greens with blues and teals; blacks with grays and browns. Matching clothes of particular characteristics in the same wash and dry cycles help extend the life of garments, not to mention keeping them looking new. If campus kids don't find out prior to their first semester at college, clothes are exorbitantly expensive unless one shops at a food bank or Goodwill. As such, it's way better to preserve items of clothing than trash them, later allocating hundreds of student loan dollars to clothes you used to have plenty of.

Campus Dining Solutions Are Actually Quite Affordable

Unless you have your own kitchen in your dorm room, suite, or apartment, you're already skilled at cooking and brought plenty of cooking equipment from home, it's unarguably better to invest in a meal plan on your university's campus. Even though meal halls aren't open 24/7, it's more than possible to sneak home eats from your campus' cafeteria, effectively keeping you full without having to purchase food elsewhere. Plus, if you regularly attend cafeterias with your close friends, roommates, or hall mates, you're certain to share quality memories with one another.

Invest In A Quality Voice Recorder

College professors, instructors, and graduate assistants often breeze through the material. Although note taking in college isn't as difficult as some high school teachers make it out to be, it's virtually impossible to catch everything your college teachers say to you throughout a class. As such, sit near the front of classrooms and record lectures with your smartphone. If you're not able to sit in the front - or if you're simply not interested in sitting up there - purchase a high-quality voice recorder to tape lectures, helping you retain knowledge by reviewing lectures outside of class.