Saving money in college is hard, plain and simple. As a college student and soon to be young professional, I have compiled a list of tried and true experiences and opportunities that I know will help you be successful at saving too!
Try any of these penny pinching techniques:
1. Store Cards
Has the cashier at the store you frequent ever asked if you have the store discount/rewards card? If you don’t have it, sign up! Most grocery stores have store cards that not only offer the opportunity for extra coupons, but also discounts on gas. There are also websites that allow you to download digital coupons on to your card, giving you an extra discount on top of the store or printed coupons that you might already use. This may not make you an extreme couponer, but it will make your bank account a little steadier!
2. Public Transit
Yes, waiting for the bus can be a drag, especially in the rain and snow. But after driving myself for four years and paying to park in a parking ramp for up to seven hours at least four days of the week, I paid over $700 a year in gas and parking just going to class. All because I didn’t want to wait for the campus bus, which happens to be free! Plan wisely and get a bus schedule and you can save so much money (plus it’s eco-friendly)!
Do you live in a place that charges a deposit on bottled beverages? Recycle! Upgrading your technology with a new phone, laptop, or tablet? Recycle! Almost everything you have you can recycle to save money. Laptop stores will often give you a discount on a new piece of tech if you turn in an old version when making your new purchase. Find a re-sale shop and sell some old, lightly used clothing and put the money towards new clothes for the upcoming season. Recycling is not only good for the planet; it’s good for your bank account.
4. Website Discount Sites
There are so many websites out there that exist purely to get you a discount! Ebates and Mr. Rebates will give you money back on almost anything you buy online. Save money on your next haircut by skimming through Groupon before you make an appointment. RetailMeNot always has coupon codes for some cheap pizza and more. SocialLiving is designed to help you save while trying some new experiences! Do some research and you will find discounts online everywhere!
The life of a college student is super busy, but these extra few tasks and planning opportunities will benefit you in so many ways.