I like to think that UHP students might be a bit better prepared than other students — partly because they’re the type who are going to read the following article:
Lifehacker wrangled up some of the best tips for how to pick the right computer and software, along with getting it (and tons of other stuff) for less cash. They also include tips on textbooks and personal finance.
It’s also full of tips you might not have thought of on your own:
Depending on your living situation, the need for security can take a few forms. In dorms—especially with roommates who may be bringing people in you don’t know—you’re going to need to make sure your laptop is safe. While tethering your laptop to your desk is something you probably won’t do, you need to make sure you keep it somewhere safe. Work out a plan with your roommate to look after your stuff when you’re out and s/he’s home. Ask a friend to watch your laptop if you need to take a bathroom break while studying in the library. If you have friends you can trust, they’ll prove to be better security than an inanimate object.
It’s worth going through the comment section as well — as the main article seems to omit the most obvious (and best!) way to save money on text books: Don’t buy them! Use the library! That’s what I do, and the result is that in the last year of classes, I’ve spent an average of $12 on books per class. Yep, twelve.