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Attention, poor college students: we have some tips from your collegiate colleagues for how to maintain the lifestyle you want on the budget you have.

Being a cash-strapped college student is a tired cliche, but it's the reality that many face; it ain't easy ends meet — student loans, food, and substance slush fund (not necessarily in that order)— on the paltry remuneration of a work-study program.

Fusion asked several particularly penniless students to share their best on-campus life hacks on Whisper, the anonymous secret-sharing app.

Selling your blood— or "prostituting your platelets," as no one calls it — can be surprisingly lucrative (if you've never had Hepatitis). This user said it was a little painful getting pricked by a needle, but plasma is naturally regenerated in just a few days. Plus, it makes it easier to get a buzz off a few beers afterwards — so it's win-win!

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Some impoverished students resort to petty theft [editor's note: our legal department wants us to stress that Fusion does not advocate theft in any form, petty or otherwise], especially when it comes to things like toilet paper, soap and toothpaste (forget paper towels and shaving cream; those are non-essential luxury items and a waste of money, at least until you're 30).

Be economically smart about your booze consumption. Buying drinks at the bar all night is simply not a viable option. Here are two ways to drink a lot (responsibly, please!) without paying club prices:

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Figuring out how to cut corners on textbook costs is key. There are a few approaches:

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Taking advantage of free food on campus is a classic hack tactic (hacktic?). Chances are, your local chapter of the Clown Nose Club or Tiddlywinks Society will be holding meetings with some free pizza. Get involved.

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We were struck by the creativity of some Whisper users.

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They even offered up strategies for thawing poultry on a budget.

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Share some of your best money-saving college hacks in the comments. And for more tips from poor college students, try Whisper here.

Alexandra DiPalma is a producer for Fusion Lightworks, Fusion’s In-house Branded Content Agency.