Every student has their own tips. A 2010 Cornell graduate, public relations executive David Brodnick of Weber Shandwick, found a way to stretch dollars at the deli counter.
"My own dollar stretching tactics in college surrounded holding down a deli job that allowed me to eat lunch for free at work (not to mention actual pay) and to go off the university's costly food plan. Living in a fraternity house for three years I saved probably $5,000 to $10,000, as all living expenses were included, and I didn't have to cook or clean, and could focus on studying."
Think small. In getting a degree that costs $100,000 to $200,000, nickel and dime savings might not seem so big. But even a relatively small cost can become larger if its paid out over the life of a student loan, with interest. As Greene says, "It really all adds up and it can be more painful later in life when you pay back those loans."