Save $$ This Semester Using Tech You Already Have

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Alas, it’s that time again: Back to School. Exciting, yes, but the school year can be expensive. Here are a couple of ways to use the technology you already have to save money in the coming semester:

 Kindle (Free, iOS and Android)

You can use the Kindle app on Android and iOS devices, in addition to the Amazon Kindle Fire. The app boasts over a million titles, thousands of which are free. Kindle has a built in dictionary that allows you to look up words instantly while reading, and you can access Google and Wikipedia directly from the app. You also have the ability to borrow ebooks from your local library (they’re delivered wirelessly to your device), which makes last minute cramming that much easier.

Netflix (Free app, iOS and Android)

Is cable TV really a necessary expense? With Netflix you can stream full seasons of shows plus watch movies – anytime, anywhere. You do have to pay for a subscription to the service, but the price is a minimal $7.99 a month. The only thing Netflix doesn’t have is live sports, but you’re headed to your friends’ place to watch that anyway, right?


Chat face-to-face via Skype with your parents and prove to them you’re at the library (at least for now). Or, start a video chat with you classmates so everyone can work together on that group project. Skype video and voice calls to anyone are free, as is instant messaging and file sharing. You can make a call to a mobile phone or landline with Skype as well, for a small fee. Skype is available on your computer, smartphone, tablet, TV and home phone.


Dropbox is extremely convenient. Share photos and documents, videos and music with your friends, classmates and teammates for free, and access them from your computer, phone or tablet. Everything is automatically private and you control who sees what.


There are many awesome apps out there to help you save money this semester, some of which are even dedicated to fun. LivingSocial and Groupon are both free and have great coupons for social events, localized to your area. You may even find a great deal on a massage, which is totally justifiable after lugging all of those textbooks around.

Also, don’t forget when you buy one tablet case, you get the second 20% for a limited time only at!

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Alison Quinn

Alison Quinn

Travel and adventure are my favorite. Then reading and laughing and writing. And dancing! Wine, too. And music-definitely music. I think October is a quite superior time of year, and I always have glitter pens handy.

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