Cheapside Street: How to Get Education on a Tight Budget

Ali Asjad
Ali Asjad is the owner of Crayz Media, a content marketing firm that specializes in business promotion through online media by means of press releases, articles, social media marketing and organic search engine optimization.
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Thanks to tech-innovation, you can get the information you need for cheap, and oftentimes for free. In this article, we’re going to investigate some of the ways people today are saving money and still getting the niche educations they need to partake in the modern workforce.


Information Products

For anywhere from $50 to $150 bucks or so, you can buy big packages of information products around just about anything you can think of, from bass fishing to options trading. ClickBank sells legions of them and modern information products are high value, in-depth and all digital. We’re talking video courses, ebooks galore, PDF guides, print books, and so on. Many of these information products are connected to online communities that focus on exchange of information, which is kind of like being in a collaborative classroom – only a lot bigger.

Open Source Education

What’s the difference between actually attending a lecture and watching one on your computer, live or recorded? MIT established the OpenCourseWare back in 2002, but today there are countless universities that offer free classes and courses to anyone with a PC, an internet connection and an email address. Then there’s sources like the Khan Academy and Academic Earth which make it possible to get access to valuable information for absolutely nothing.

Online Tutoring

Online tutors cost money, but compared to the price of an AA or BA degree, we’re talking pennies on the dollar. It’s one-on-one time with an industry professional/specialist and the student typically for an hourly rate. Oftentimes there are live online tutoring sessions with students from around the globe. A tutor these days can go online and create a successful company around there services that can reach the entire planet!

Media Networks

How many skill-sets could someone learn from YouTube videos for free? How many DIY projects can you learn from Pinterest? How many different professional groups can you hook up with on Facebook? How many free tutorial videos are floating around the social web? How many more are being made at this moment?

Hell, in reality what can’t you learn by using a Google search engine? Within a few years the vast majority of all human knowledge will be available (mostly for free) and a few clicks away.

Online Specialty Degrees

Along with online-specific universities, many technical schools and community colleges now offer specialty degrees (think MBA) and certificates through exclusively online courses. What good is a “well-rounded” education anymore? It’s all about very specific knowledge and skill-sets. What can you deliver? That’s what counts.

Freelance Work – Get Paid to Learn

This is a relatively new path to gaining expertise that you might not have considered before. The big upside here is that you actually get paid to learn rather than the other way around. Anyone can head to major freelancing platforms like oDesk, Guru or Elance, and set up a contractor profile for free and begin taking jobs as a researcher.

They can optimize their profile around a certain type of research, for example, business, nutrition, marketing, technology, etc. and begin getting paid to search the web and collect information on any given topic.. How much would you learn about online marketing if you were asked to read 100 unique blogs about the subject, all 500-1200 words long, within 1 month?

These last 6 options are by no means all-inclusive. Each month that goes by, more information becomes available at our fingertips. Information is flowing in so many different forms now. Ebooks, webinars, videos, streaming, social media, search engines, open source, and on and on we go. That you can educate yourself for cheap is the reality – the only choice is how much you need to know and how fast you can absorb it. Get started!


  1. This is a perfect article for me as i’m in a dilemma of continuing my higher study as it needs a huge amount to do the graduation in our country.Online tutoring is actually can help me and also loved the part where you wrote about getting paid for learning as it will catch attraction of anyone.Great post.
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  2. Hello Ali,
    Getting higher education is dream for those who doesn’t have money. But you said correct that one can get educated by online tutorials in very lucrative manner rather than paying high fee to institutions. Thanks for sharing nice post.
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  3. How cool is that? Getting paid to learn. All other options are viable, too; you can educate yourself on the cheap if you are hungry to do so.

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  4. Currently, the internet is developing, we can gain knowledge from it without having to go to college. However, the knowledge that which can only for those who really need it.

  5. I’m very grateful to you guys for providing such important post like this one which helped me a lot.
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  6. Zaid Niazi says:

    I’m agree with you that one get educated by himself using the internet, but it requires dedication and handwork.If one got that, he/she can definitely get better education than big institutions.Thanks for sharing such a great post.

  7. Very useful post, esp. considering the present global trend when everything is available via opencources such as edx,coursera etc.
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  8. Hi Ali

    thanks for the article for the alternative of education however i am already using YouTube to learn new thing and this is a great way of learning because you get top lndustry leaders who explain you in details and even there are plenty of videos on every subject so if anyone want to learn something than they should try YouTube, it is Highly recommended.

  9. Hello Ali,
    You are absolutely correct. When there is a Will , Then there is a Way. If any one want to study he/she can try it out. Awesome article good job.
    Thanks and Regards
    Ritul Gangwar
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  10. Get paid to write articles is great if you are good writer.. Their are various bloggers and business owners that need ghost writer for the online business.
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  11. Hey great idea about taking up freelance work and getting paid to learn! I’ve been learning everything from YouTube videos and Google and online courses but never thought of going for a research job. By the way, Lynda is a great source for video tutorials if you are a web developer or designer.
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  12. Indeed ClickBank is rocking when it comes to digital products. For some internet marketers ClickBank is a real source of income, I too recommend ClickBank to anyone out there struggling to make money online.
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  13. I understand what you are saying. If anyone wants to learn a trade or topic there are plenty information online. But it must be stressed that nothing can really replace a proper education. Everyone should try to get into university. It is not about studying for certain degree. It is about the culture you develop there.

  14. Online learning includes the same high-quality instruction and course content provided in our on-campus courses, but in a format that addresses the academic needs of students who are seeking further education but are unable to participate in on-campus courses and programs.

  15. Well, this is one of the best article, I have ever read hats off to you!
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  16. Hey Ali,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. This post really gonna help other who wanted higher education but doesn’t have enough money for it. Online tutorial is very best way for learning things.
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  17. Everything has become WEB. A person can get anything from web and more ever its also a cheap side for education. There are many free web services. Nice article.
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  18. Heyy There
    thanks for the amazing share. I am sure there are lot of people who can benefit from it. Looking forward to read more from you.
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  19. If being a coder for example is your dream job, then yeah you can learn all you need online. If however you want to become a doctor or something that requires offline hands-on specialization, you obviously can’t do it only using the internet.

    Also, I think working as a freelancer when you’re not at least decent is a bad idea. That’s a reason so many freelancers are very, very bad.
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  20. Education is one of the most basic, important, useful yet difficult to get sometime due to increasing fees. Any person belonging to any state city, caste must be educated to make this world a beautiful place. Thanx for sharing this amazing post.
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  21. Hey Ali,
    Thanks for sharing. There are also a lot of really neat online learning programs as well such as Khan Academy Lynda, Udemy, Udacity and a couple of others whose names escape me. I use them often and it’s been amazing. The internet has definitely made education a lot more affordable!
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  22. Never live below your means.

  23. Hi,
    Thanks For Sharing This article.
    I think everyone should know these things. Because Many people has suffer to study in the higher school. Those kind of people will definitely this article helps you.
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  24. Great article Ali!
    Education is a must. I strongly believe that if you have true passion of learning and knowledge, there is nothing in the world that can stop you from attaining it, least of tight budget. All the steps you mention will help in attaining education. The most important thing is to work hard with passion and true grit.
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  25. Open source education can be quite affordable when compared to physically attending classes. I had the same thoughts in mind when I was in need to higher education 3 years ago. I finally decided to move to a country where the tuition fees is cheaper. I also agree with you on Freelance Work. They indeed does help in learning a lot.
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  26. Very Informative post and it will helpful for many students who are not sufficient with money, situation etc.,
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  27. Thank you for this hepfull article.
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  28. Hello Ali,
    Thank for sharing. You are absolutely righ about that.
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  29. I’m agree with you that one get educated by himself using the internet, but it requires dedication and handwork.If one got that, he/she can definitely get better education than big institutions, I love education
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  30. Hi,
    Now a days people wants to learn new things, interent is the only plotform to learn new things with out go to institutions and spending money . All the information will be available in youtube and other sites. I am also using youtube for learning new things. One more point you mentioned also good i.e freelancing work. We can explore our knowledge with this freelancing work.

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