Shop Like You Make Six Figures (Without Spending a Lot): A Guide to Savvy Spending for College Students

When you’re a student, you don’t have a lot of money.

But sometimes, you need to spend a little cash, whether that’s to eat out, go out, or buy school supplies.

Plus, it’s no fun to have to be holed up in your dorm room all day because of your budget.

Luckily, there are ways to save money while still being able to enjoy life and your years in college.

Here are some tips:

Cheap Eats

There is nothing quite like a gourmet ramen dinner for 20 cents. Ditch the dirty noodles and grab something sweet for less. A great way to find cheap eats is to check out online offers and coupon codes. You can save 50-90% off food at killer restaurants using websites like Groupon.

DIY Dorm Room

Pimp out your room for a better year with DIY projects on the cheap. Thing mini-fridge, microwave, coffee makers, cool desks, curtains, wall organizers, and much more! Stores like Home Depot offer a variety of online savings, DIY advice and help, as well as deep discounts on all the things listed above.

School Supplies

From white out to paper, printer ink and pens stores like Walgreens have got the market cornered. With online coupon codes, you can get up to 90% off all the things you need for class and still chip in on the keg for that beer pong tournament you’re gonna slay next weekend.

Fun Times

Paying bills for the first time, figuring out where your journalism 101 class is, making sure you ace that theatre history exam, and attending your best friend’s toga party are very important things. You’re going to get burnt out.

What better way to recharge and refuel with a mini-weekend getaway!? Grab some friends, chip in for gas, get a rental car and hit the open road. Groupon has coupons for sites like Fox Rent A Car and Hotels.com—boom! Instant savings and fun times!

Making Memories

Your college years really are some of the best times of your life. From freshmen orientation, to that party where the ceiling burst in your buddy’s frat house, to that time you used the stairs as a sleigh ride, or the big game where you burnt some couches and ended up on ESPN…frame your moments. Make cool photo collages or even photo memory books at Shutterfly! With prints often starting at 10 cents, you’ll be the coolest friend ever.

 


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