Boujee on a budget
MOOD: “Boujee on a budget”. Being a college student means I am always looking for new ways to save on everyday things. Here are just a few of my quick tips for saving a bit of cash:
Amazon is miraculous
One of the most amazing and surprising resources I discovered once I got to college was Amazon. Of course, I had heard about it before but hey, the stuff I needed in high school was not nearly as hard to find or expensive as the textbooks and materials my teachers claim I need. Amazon has been my saving grace, especially with their discounts and free 6-month trial as a Prime Student member. You can find pretty much anything you need, from hair gel to bundles of pencils for a fraction of the in-store prices. Let’s not forget about the FREE shipping - who doesn't love free shipping? I bought my 6 pack of notebooks start of sophomore year for $10 and still haven't needed new ones yet.
Renegade lipsticks only $5 on Amazon
Don’t be afraid of discount stores
Don’t let people look at you crazy because you shop at the Dollar store! I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s not the best place to buy everything. But if I can get Dial soap for a $1, as opposed to $3.50 at CVS, you best believe I’m going to the Dollar Tree - it’s a no-brainer!
Thrifting is the way to go
Having trouble finding those leg warmers you need for an 80s themed mixer? Well look no further than your local thrift store! It may not always seem like the ideal place to shop, but you can find some amazing pieces for a fraction of the original price. And with places like Buffalo Exchange and 2nd Time Around that only sell the finest thrifted goods, you won’t have to scavenge for that quality vintage jean jacket you’ve wanted for so long.
Thrifting has been a passion since I was little, so having such a good habit made my clothing expenditure manageable once I started college. The great thing is that thrift stores such as Goodwill are not only limited to clothes; they have almost anything you can imagine. Instead of buying a $300 kitchen set for that new apartment, try looking in the Home & Goods section.
Don’t let the name and its potential negative connotations keep you from shopping! Where else could you possibly find those 80s inspired leg warmers you need that mixer?!
Always ask if there is a student discount
If you haven't learned this simple trick by now, you definitely may have been missing out! Student discounts can be a saving grace in many situations. Luckily there are tons of companies that consider the budget of an average college student's and are willing to help where they can. Most the time they only sum up to about a 10% discount, but hey a little can go a long way. Here are just a few of my favorite places who offer a student discount year-round.
The UNiDAYS website offers a variety of discounts and coupon codes just for students. Brands range anywhere from H&M, ASOS, to even select Apple products all at a lower price.
When I want to shop good quality, but not pay those hefty prices I look to Madewell and their 15% student discount.
Chipotle & Qdoba
These two lovely ready-to-go Mexican places offer a free drink with a valid ID. While some participating Qdobas offers half-off on student nights.
Do a little grocery shopping at the DHall
I can't be the only one who has taken a few Tupperware bowls into the dining once or twice. I mean why pay for a box of cereal when it comes with my meal plan.
When you are running a little low on funds or just plain old stingy like me, think about trying these tricks to help you save. A little bit can go a long way sometimes.