With tuition, housing, food, and overpriced movie tickets to pay for, we all consider ourselves poor college students. Every timeHow To - Be A Cheap Student we open our wallets, we’re faced with a gaping black hole – and we know better than to put any money in there since it’ll just get sucked back up. And unfortunately, we don’t have a source of unearned income like we did back home with the family. So how do you get around all of this?

Take advantage of those meal points! Since you studious people are in class for most of the day, chances are that you skip a few meals during the week. Under one of the regular meal plans, you can usually have two meals in the dining hall every day, so if you eat less than that, then you should have a few to spare every now and then. You may think that the Bear Market or the RSF’s refueling station are overpriced, but it’s a great way to stock up on snacks and other small items that you can bring to class and eat-on-the-go.

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 There were earthquakes, there were Treewoks and there was even the elusive messenger bag. But it’s not over yet.Remember your Class Pass from last semester, the one that expires Sept. 4? That’s next Tuesday, and the AC Transit bus drivers are not sympathetic to your anti-freshmen excuses. They may clog the lines and ride the 51 bus to Unit 1, but AC Transit doesn’t discriminate against freshmen—they hate all students equally.So just avoid the hassle. Grab a latte, read a syllabus and stand in the mostly-shady line. Hey, they already have your parents’ $58.50.The Cal 1 Card office, where you can get your nifty pass to the seat-free, hygiene-free and cash-free AC Transit buses, is open 9-5 Monday through Friday (except Labor Day). If we recall correctly, it’s one of the only University offices open before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m., and they don’t close for lunch.And in case you travel by car and plan to brave the impending horrendous holiday traffic, remember that there will be a large hole preventing you from crossing the Bay Bridge this weekend. But hey—BART’s running all night service all weekend long, so you can finally feel like you live in a region that doesn’t sleep at night.Image Source: Skyler Reid, Daily Cal