Tuition drains you, books decrease your bank balance, and letâ€™s not even talk about rent and utilities. Top off your spending with a necessary food budget, and youâ€™re near empty! While they may be the best four years of your life, the time you spend in college leaves your wallet exhausted. Whatâ€™s a student to do?
Find ways to save money, of course. But penny pinching isnâ€™t easy, especially if you donâ€™t have much experience with budgeting. However, some good-natured companies provide discounts specifically for college students. Pretty clever on their end, considering there isnâ€™t much a student loves more than freebies or discounts!
These five ways will help you save money in college.
- Donâ€™t Over-pay to Play
Hit any college campus and youâ€™ll see students roaming around with earbuds in, headphones on, or their speakers blasting some music. Itâ€™s obvious everyone has a favorite music app, and those bad boys are usually subscription based.
Do you use Spotify? Apple Music? Hereâ€™s the good news: most music subscription services offer a discount to college students. Just flash your I.D. (or upload a pic) and youâ€™ll see some savings.
- Get Frugal About Your Food
Youâ€™ve probably discovered that meal plans are a big necessity, especially as a freshman and sophomore. Use your meal plan if youâ€™ve got one! Good food is hard to come by, and grocery shopping can be a doozy in the budget department.
Download apps that offer local sales, coupons, and discounts for grocery stores. Flipp is a great app that will send you the weekly sales for your area. Donâ€™t forget to sign up for grocery store rewards programs, either. They cost nothing, and itâ€™s a relief to watch money fly off your total at the register once youâ€™ve used your rewards card.
If youâ€™re feeling really frugal, whip out your student I.D. out at the register. All stores are different, but youâ€™re likely to snag a discount around 5% off.
- Forget Amazon Prime
We all know Amazon is King of e-commerce and online shopping. With your student I.D., you will get free two-day shipping. That kind of convenience is hard to come by.
If youâ€™re in love with Prime, donâ€™t miss the opportunity to get in on Prime Student. From study tools and supplies to electronics, Prime Student has whatever you needâ€¦ without the trek to the store.
- Find Free Fun
Hey, itâ€™s college. This shouldnâ€™t be too hard to accomplish. However, itâ€™s really hard to say no to a night outâ€¦ and you shouldnâ€™t have to let finances get in your way.
Colleges offer discounts on their sporting events for students. Take advantage of those tickets, because once you graduate that discount goes away! Loads of other entertainment venues offer discounts to college students, knowing students arenâ€™t rolling around in cash.
- Save on Clothes Shopping
From Urban Outfitters (adorable dorm and apartment accessories) to Ann Taylor Loft, loads of stores offer discounts to students. Why not take advantage of them when you need to spruce up your closet? The ultimate guide to college I.D. discounts in stores has a running list of which stores offer discounts, and how much those discounts are.
Use these five ways to save yourself money while youâ€™re in school.