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Navigate High-School Expenses
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Save a lot of money by making your own spirit wear.

Extracurricular costs

Outside of school, even more expenses stack up:

How to manage these expenses

First, if you haven't already, start by opening a savings account at your credit union. This can give you a place to stash your cash, as well as getting monthly statements to remind you of your balance and motivate you to keep saving.

Checking/debit accounts are very helpful as well—make sure you use a register to track your money as you spend it, or monitor your accounts online.

Second, reduce the costs. Here are a few examples:

Read more tips from the C-Note Teenage Panel...

These tips should all help you save a bundle, and make navigating high school on a budget much easier.

Help me grow this list of ideas by commenting in the Talk Back box below!

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"I never though about making my own school spirit shirt. Want to try it, thanks!"
Prince=Music, 14, Salem, MA

"This story was very informative and helpful. You had some great ideas of how to save money and stay on a budget. I would also add to carpool to school or school events because it can save a lot of money."
Anna, 15, Montgomery, MN

"This article was so accurate! It never crossed my mind to make spirit wear from home instead of spending all my money on school wear. I am going into my senior year and I know I will be short on cash with all the expenses so this article was very helpful and a friendly reminder."
Angelique, 17, chicago, il

"This was an interesting article. High school is expensive, a tip I have is to car pool with your friends when going out rather than wasting gas to meet them there."
Fia A, 16, LYNNWOOD, WA

"I learned a lot from this! Thank you for posting! I think a lot of people are going to be helped by this."
chrislogar, 15, Blandon, PA

"Thanks for this article! Breaking down costs of high school like that will really help people budget and save money. Another tip I have is to split costs with friends. It saves everyone money. For example, I am going to be a junior, so I do not get to park on campus. I have to pay $200 for a parking space at a church nearby. I am driving my best friend to school, so we agreed that we would split the cost of the parking pass. Both of us were happy that we got to save money by splitting the cost! "
Alexis R., 16, Chester, NH

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