Recently I had a conversation with one of my childless military spouse friends who is headed back to school to obtain her bachelor's degree. It was funny because she was loathing that it was already time to go back while I was thinking about how much I loved back to school time - a time to get back on schedule and a time for this work at home mom to get something accomplished. We both were in agreement, though, back to school expenses are not any fun at all.
She, like many military spouses, was incredibly resourceful when it came to paying for her college debt. She took all of the advice that other military families had offered and thankfully didn't have to worry much about paying for the classes themselves.
However, college isn't just about the classes. It's about the books, the electronics, the supplies, and all the other little things in between. Saving money on all of it isn't much different for her than it is for me when it comes to my kids. The same things apply: Tax-free weekends, comparative shopping, and even asking for your military discount. The biggest difference we discussed was textbooks and electronics - her two largest purchases and two I didn't have to make at all (yet).
Here are a few tips to help you save if you're in the same situation as she:
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