Shopping Like a College Student

Once you’re living on your own, you can’t count on your parents to always be there to bail you out of money issues.  For those of you who work, you know how precious the money is that you make.  That’s why it’s important to get the most for only a little.  Here are a few things I do to make my money go a long way:

  • The Clearance section! I never like to buy anything full price. Only pay full price for things that you know you will have for a long time (coats, shoes, jeans, etc.) People change their mind about shirts and other items in style all of the time. This is why you should always buy these types of things on sale or in the clearance section.
  • Get your food in bulk! Instead of having to keep buying snacks constantly, go to Costco or Sam’s Club and buy a lot of foods that don’t go bad quickly like granola bars and fruit snacks. This way you don’t have to go to the store as much and won’t be tempted to buy other things while you’re there.
  • Never buy books full price! Don’t be lazy when looking for books. Check every possible source before you buy a book and always compare prices. You can save hundreds of dollars on books just by renting or buying from the right source.
  • Don’t buy right away! If you see something you really like at a store and it’s not super cheap, make sure it’s worth it.  Leave the store and if you’re still thinking about the item a couple hours later or the next day, go back and get it.  It’s also a good idea to check if the item may be cheaper online.
  • Pay attention to deals! It’s really obnoxious to get constant e-mails from stores, but those e-mails can come in handy. Before you go shopping check all those e-mails from stores so you know which ones are having sales or are offering coupons.
  • Pick the right people to shop with! I always like to shop with my best friend because she’ll tell me the truth about things I want.  If you shop with an enabler or impulse shopper, you’ll end up getting a lot of useless stuff. It’s also better to shop with only one or two other people because shopping in big groups can lead to peer pressure and impulse buys.

These are just a few things you can do to save up money, but they will go a long way.  This way when you want to go out, you won’t be cringing when you swipe that credit card. Not all college kid have to be THAT broke :).

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