3 Easy Tips to Help You Get the Most out of a Student Budget

When it comes to living on campus, there is absolutely nobody who has undertaken the adventure that will tell you it was smooth sailing and that everything was cheap and they were able to live like kings.


This is because it just isn’t true. However, this doesn’t mean that your entire student life needs to be spent eating noodles and drinking off-brand soda.


Below are some great ways to maximize your student budget.


Buy as Much as You Can

There will be items that you are going to need every day, every week, or even every month. These are the items which you should consider buying in bulk so that you can take advantage of sales and savings. However, it’s important that you ensure you can use the products before any expiration date occurs.


The following items are perfect candidates for bulk buying:


  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper
  • Soap
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Soup
  • Baked Beans


These are all items which are considered non-perishable and can give you a solid shelf life for your tightly stretched dollar.


If you find great savings which you just can’t take advantage of, speak with your roommates or classmates about creating a small group that can share the products and allows you to all take advantage of the savings.


Does It Have to Be New?

If your class requires you to use a textbook which the previous year also used, speak with past students about buying their used copy. This tip also works for any learning equipment you may need which past students have already benefited from and who are happy to sell to you at a low price.


Coupons Are Your Friend

Gone are the days where you had to cut out paper coupons from magazines. Nowadays, students can use sites like the Groupon Coupons page for Pier 1 for almost anything they could need to keep their dorm room looking its best. Similarly, there is a range of other discounts available for products like stationery items and even clothing.


The basic rule when it comes to student living, if you need something, see if you can get a coupon for it first.


Ask for Student Discounts

Just because there isn’t a sign which advertises a student discount, it never hurts to ask for one. This tip is especially helpful at places on campus or within its proximity as they will often use student discounts to bring more student into their stores and boost their customer base.


If you are able to speak to the manager, ask about any arrangements you can make to bring groups of your friends in to enjoy a discount. For example, if you are able to arrange a group of 20 or 30 students then there is a good chance that a restaurant owner will prepare a special student menu and offer you all a reduced price.


While it’s true that student living is not an easy thing to manage, it is manageable. You just have to know some tips and tricks like the ones mentioned above to help you get the most out of your hard earned dollar.

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