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23 Cheap Ways To Make College Suck Less

Lower your blood pressure and raise your GPA.

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1. Keep due dates, class schedules, and grades in one app so you're organized at all times.

Get it from the App Store $2.99 and Google Play for $1.99.

2. Stash dirty clothes in a laundry punching bag for when ALL THE WASHING MACHINES ARE TAKEN.

Get it from Amazon for $23.93.

3. Try microwaveable cookers that'll satisfy your cravings and help you eat healthy, even when the dining hall closes.,

Get the Lekue pasta maker from Amazon here and the steam case here. Both are $25 each.

4. Transform 10-minute study breaks into mini spa treatments.

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Try this anti-stress face mask from Amazon for $6.53.

5. Keep a compact, wireless printer in your room for when you can't make it to the library to print before class.

Get it from Amazon for $44.90.

6. Worry less about monitoring your savings by letting an app store away spare change for you.

It's free, too! Available on iOS and Android.

7. Try a 60-second meditation tool that makes your worries seem smaller.

Check it out here.

8. Keep your laptop (and your brain) from overheating with a specialized cooling pad.

So it doesn't restart before you've saved that paper.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

9. Combine your planner, to-do list, and diary with a bullet journal.

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Learn how to start one here.

Get a dotted notebook perfect for bullet journaling from Amazon for $19.50.

10. Make taking care of your mental health a priority.

Do little things like have check-ins with your professors and familiarize yourself with your school's counseling center.

Check out this important and helpful guide here.

11. Focus or relax with different nature noises from Noisli.

It's free! Try it here.

12. Hide in a unicorn onesie when you have to suffer through 800 pages of bullshit because at least you're doing it as a unicorn.

Get it from Amazon for $20.

13. Keep your files from vanishing (your computer will crash at least once) by getting the most out of free storage services.

iCloud only offers up to 5GB of free storage. After that, you can get another 5GB free using Amazon Cloud Drive. If you're a Prime user, however, you'll get unlimited free photo storage (not videos, audio, or documents).

Google Drive gives 15GB to its users, but most of this is usually taken up by your email. If you have a Chrome OS device, you'll get another 100GB for free.

Once you've used up all those options, there's Box, which gives 10GB of free storage, and Dropbox, which gives 2GB.

14. Make your bed a work- and stress-free zone so you sleep well.

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Get bedding you love and do your studying elsewhere!

Get some crazy cozy bedroom ideas here.

15. Calm your mind with gorgeous and meditative mobile games.

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Check out 12 different mobile games here.

Get Monument Valley for $3.99 on iOS and 99 cents on Android and the succulent-growing game Viridi for free on iOS and Android.

16. Never misplace your notes again with Evernote, a system that syncs documents, notes, and images between devices.

Sign up for a free plan, or upgrade to a plus or premium account for $34.99 per year or $69.99 per year, respectively.

17. Add color-changing lights to your room so you can rave when it's 5 a.m. and you've finally finished your last exam.

Get string lights with a remote that changes their color from Amazon for $20 and a disco ball for $17.99.

18. Record important lectures on your phone or computer (in case you fall asleep).


You'll also thank yourself later when you're chin-deep in studying for finals and you can't remember what your professor said about a particular topic.

You should be able to get a decent recording with your phone's audio app, or you can buy a higher-quality recorder from Amazon for $47.

19. Channel your stress into another guy who can take it with these stress balls.

Get a set of four different faces from Amazon for $18.

20. Eliminate one more cause of sickness by sanitizing your germ-loving phone with a phone soap.

Yep, our phones have actual pathogens (disease-causing bacteria) on them. If you're one of the many humans who use their phones in the bathroom, then you're guilty of carrying around harmful bacteria and fungi.

Not convinced that the soap works? It does! My phone in this study was the only one that was CLEAN. I also haven't gotten sick since I purchased it over a year ago.

Get it from Amazon for $50 (yes, it's pricey, but you'll save on trips to the doctor, medicine, failing grades, etc.).

21. If you can't light candles in your dorm, try a wax melter and wax melts in a soothing scent.

Get the electric warmer from Amazon for $16.50 and the wax melts from Copper and Kraft Candle on Etsy for $4.

22. Write down everything you need to do with some really fucking motivational and supportive pencils.

Because you're fucking brilliant! Remember that! Fuck yes, you'll graduate! Get them from Plastic Land for $13.

23. And get 175 feet of bubble wrap to pop when you need it the most.

Get a roll from Amazon for $16.99.

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