10 Simple Ways for College Students to Save Money
Erin Palmer for Suncoast Credit Union
These easy money-saving tips can add up to make a big difference:
- Make a list before shopping and stick to it. No impulse buys!
- Be on the lookout for free food! Colleges host a ton of free events that include food, so do some research each week to see if there are any going on near you.
- Eat before you go to a grocery store. Hungry shopping is a no-no!
- Always ask if there is a student discount. Make sure you have your student ID with you to prove you meet the criteria. In some college towns, the discount is only one day a week. Ask.
- Take advantage of the wide variety of free entertainment events at colleges, and in the community.
- Be smart with textbooks. Consider buying used books, looking for the books in the library or renting books for the semester. If you do buy your books, sell them back when the semester is over.
- Buy in bulk when possible to cut down on costs. You can even go in on grocery items with friends and split the costs and the food.
- Check to see if your student housing has TV before signing up for any entertainment packages. If you decide to do Netflix, Hulu or other subscription services, consider splitting the cost with your roommate.
- Take advantage of the library. From books for classwork to movies for entertainment, the library has a lot of freebies to offer. And not just your school library; most community libraries will issue you a library card if you have a student ID.
- Look for everyday ways to save, like buying generic instead of name brands or shopping at secondhand stores for gently used items.