Just in time for fall, home builders in Katy’s Cane Island are offering money-saving deals on new, move-in ready homes, including money back at closing, free upgrades and other special offers.

Buyers can go to CaneIsland.com and choose from one or more of the community’s acclaimed builders to connect virtually or in person with their respective sales representatives to learn more. Buyers will also find a current list of the community’s move-in ready homes, virtual tours of model homes and information on premium, acreage properties in The Estates, Cane Island’s custom home neighborhood.

In addition to a broad selection of new homes, Cane Island offers neighborhoods with a distinctive, open feel. Cane Island properties start at 50 feet in width, giving families plenty of open space and the feel of a larger homesite.

Cane Island provides the convenience of immediate I-10 west access, proximity to major west Houston employers and an abundance of nearby shopping, dining and entertainment. Students in the community also receive a challenging, yet well-rounded education at Katy ISD’s Bryant Elementary School and at Katy ISD schools — Katy Junior High School and Katy High School, all within proximity to the community.

As for on-site amenities, residents enjoy year-round recreation and fitness in Cane Quarter, a resort-style setting featuring a yoga studio with on-demand classes, two-story fitness center, lap pool, lagoon-style family pool and cabanas, children’s water playground and central lawn. Cane Quarter also is home to The Oaks Kitchen & Bar, open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Plus, a full-time on-site lifestyle director plans movie nights, outdoor concerts, seasonal shopping events and other gatherings.

To reach the Katy community of new homes, take the Cane Island Parkway, exit off I-10 west of Grand Parkway. Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the roadway

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Karime Sanchez’s parents were always telling her she was spending too much money.  The 21-year-old Texas A&M student ignored them – until they stopped paying her bills.

I didn’t realize how much I was actually spending on doing my fun stuff,” says the community health major, who plans to attend nursing school. “I had no idea. It was way more than I imagined.”

Like many college students – she took a crash course in Adulting 101 teaching herself everything from how to budget to how to cook.

“My mom always did everything for me – I had to learn the ropes,” Sanchez says.

According to a recent Wallet Hub study, 6 out of 10 college students say their financial literacy has improved during the pandemic – and 40 percent surveyed say have learned a lot more about saving.

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Don’t Buy Textbooks Full-Price

The biggest piece of advice Mercedes Owens gives to incoming freshman: Never buy new textbooks. “In my four years, I think I bought two textbooks,” says Owens, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in economics and minoring in consumer psychology.

On the first day of class, she asks professors if owning a hard copy of the book is required. “They’re so expensive,” says Owens, who is president of her school’s Undergraduate Assembly. “I wouldn’t recommend spending $300 on a book if it’s optional.”

Looking to save on something you’ll only use for a semester? Many textbook companies make their online versions available at discounted or bulk prices. You can also find copies of most textbooks on reserve at the campus library, buy or rent used copies at heavy discounts, or ask your