Last month, we posted our first 5 tips in this series and received a fair amount of positive feedback. So, to the delight of some (and hopefully to the dismay of none), we’ve decided to post another 5 tips this month for all of our readers. After all, if the old adage is true – that a penny saved is a penny earned – then we want make sure we’ve equipped you with enough information to stretch your dollar as far as possible.Just the way we like our jeans – blue with extra green in the pockets.
With that in mind, here are our tips for this month:
- Go to the movies….during the day – Matinees can be a great and cheaper way to see a new movie. Depending on the theater, matinees can be discounted and are often times less crowded than night options. Plus, going after lunch has its own set of perks as you’ll be less likely to spend cash on snacks once you’re there (although it’s on you to stay awake).
- Make your own coffee – Following this tip may prove to be tough if you live in a dorm, as coffee makers may not be allowed, but you can save quite a bit of money. While shelling out those few dollars a day may not seem like much, it does add up over the course of a semester. Of course, if you need a “tall half-skinny, half one-percent extra hot split quad shot latte with whip” each morning, then you may have larger issues you need to address.
- Be aware of your “high rolling” friends – In our last post, we said that one of the greatest opportunities in college is your ability to network. But, if those new connections start to put a strain on your wallet, then you have reason to be concerned. We all know those students that spend money as if it’s going out of style, so it may be best to distance yourself if you think you’ll be called upon to pick up a tab.
- Buy generic – At some point in college, you’re going to get sick. While hopefully it’s nothing more than a small case of the common cold, it’s inevitable. When it comes time to buy your medicine, look for generic kinds and not the typical “brand names.” The generic versions will be much less expensive, but will most likely be just as effective.
- Use coupons – This tip is actually a suggestion from one of readers in our last edition and it’s an easy way to save. While the majority of us probably throw away any coupons we receive while in the supermarket (don’t be ashamed, some of us here do it too) they are a great way to cut back on the amount of dollars you spend.
Readers, what are some of your tips? Drop us a line in the comments and you may be featured in next month’s edition..