Tips for Saving While in College
- Try to buy used textbooks online or at your campus bookstore. Also, when it’s time to sell your textbooks, check and see what your campus bookstore is offering and then check online for a better deal.
- Start looking at sales papers from Wal-Mart, Target, your local grocery stores, and some of your favorite clothing stores. Why should you pay regular price for something when you can get it cheaper? This also comes in handy around back to school time. Stores will have plenty off deals that can help you save on school supplies.
- Start clipping coupons. There is nothing wrong with shopping with coupons in your hands. When people look at you funny, just know that they are spending more money than you are. You can find coupons for groceries online at places like coupons.com, redplum.com, smartsource.com, and many others. You can find coupons for clothing stores by simply searching “xyz coupon” into a search engine. Also subscribe to your favorite stores’ emails.
- Start shopping at places like eBay, Craigslist, Hudson’s Dirt Cheap, yard sales, and thrift stores to find items that you need at cheaper prices. Sometimes when people are moving out, you can find some good items for FREE that they through out on the side of the road.
- Start shopping early for things you know you will need. It may seem a little silly, but if you find something that is really cheap, you should go on and get it. Why? Because it may not be there the next time at that good price. I started shopping for my apartment for the next year while I was still in my dorm that fall semester.