41. Shrinking the College Tab, Part II

The person who does not ask will never get a bargain.

—French Proverb

Need more ideas to clip college costs? Here are a few more:

Lean on your kids. Even if you can afford to underwrite all four (or more) years of your child’s college career, don’t do it. Your child, despite his or her whining, will greatly benefit from paying at least part of the tab. If teenagers haven’t spent time cleaning a deep fat fryer at McDonald’s or playing Candyland for the umpteenth time at a babysitting gig, it can be difficult for them to appreciate how hard people have to work for their money.

If they enter college still thinking that money is imbued with magical properties—it just appears when needed—they could ultimately ...

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