By: Alyssa Lothamer
Every college student knows the struggle of being broke. If you are not that great at budgeting, try these tips and tricks to save money that are easy to implement into your daily life.
- Download FREE Coupon Apps!
There are tons of free couponing apps that are downloadable on your phone. A few are Groupon, Flipp, Target Cartwheel, and Walmart – Shopping and Saving. My personal favorite is an app called Shopkick. It gives you points just from walking into stores! The easy to use app has products for each store that you can go around and scan to get points, so you do not even have to purchase it. If you buy the products, then you can scan your receipt and receive even more kicks (points!). Once you reach a certain amount of kicks, you can redeem them for a giftcard to Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon, and more! So, if you are procrastinating, just go around Target and find products to scan and gain points!
- Use Dining Dollars Gold and pack your meals as much as possible!
If you live off campus, then look into Dining Dollars Gold. It is basically like Flex, but you can put money on as you please. Also, you get 5% off of each transaction and you do not have to pay the sales tax. We all know how expensive dining plans are, so if you pack your meals everyday and use Dining Dollars Gold when you want coffee or a snack, you can save some money!
- Utilize your JACard.
There are plenty of stores and sites that give students discounts if you just show them your JACard. To name a few, TOMS, Madewell, and Topshop offer a 10-15% discount when you make purchases from them. For some food destinations at specific locations, they offer a discount for students who present their student ID. Chipotle, BDubbs, and Pizza Hut have some discounts for hungry students, depending on the location. Just ask at the register to save a couple of bucks!
- Go to free UPB events.
University Program Board hosts many different events on campus where you can even get free giveaways and food. Save a punch and head over to Late Night Breakfast or a Spotlight Show in TDU and get Campus Cookies and a free concert. The events that UPB hosts are so diverse and we have something for everyone. Follow them on social media to find out when are the different events. Facebook: University Program Board Twitter: @UPB Instagram: @UPBJMU and Snapchat: @UPBJMU
Hopefully these ideas will help you keep in mind that just because you are a college student, it does not always mean that you have to be broke! You can budget and take advantage of opportunities that are already happening to save money and not have your bank account crying.