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In college, like in life, it's all about the Benjamins. Today's college students are working more but earning less, according to a 1997 study on student employment by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So when you do get some cash, you've got to spend it wisely. Here are 10 tips on how to make your money go the distance.

  1. Check out the student-run www.1freestuff.com for free samples of all kinds of stuff.

  2. Keep in touch with your friends back home via e-mail instead of the phone and you'll save a bundle.

  3. Wait to do your laundry until you visit mom and dad.

  4. Buy furniture from garage sales.

  5. You can't go wrong with ramen noodles.

  6. Buy used books from fellow students instead of from the campus bookstore.

  7. Head to a superwarehouse like CostCo or Sam's or Price Club and buy in bulk for you and a group of friends. But beware – that 20-lb. jar of peanut butter can come back to haunt you .

  8. Hit the thrift stores for hip, trendy and best of all cheap clothes.

  9. "Liberate" stuff like napkins, salt, pepper, etc. from the cafeteria.

  10. Chow down at bars during happy hour when the food is free and the drinks are cheap.

By Sona Charaipotra, Rutgers U.

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