It’s fall already, the school year is well underway and we are already thinking about how quickly the holidays are coming up! It’s around this time of year that many of us (not just college students), are looking for ways to save a little more money. To help save for those finals week coffee shop marathons and gifts for your loved ones, read on for these easy hacks to save money in college.
Shop Around for Used Items
While it takes a bit more resourcefulness and creativity, you can find stylish clothing and home decor for cheap or even free by going to used stores. If you’re looking for cheaper furniture to refurbish your dorm or apartment, check out the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. For free clothing and household goods, the People’s City Mission Help Center (68th & O) offers shopping nights on Wednesdays, 6-8pm specifically for college students, or find cheap clothing at a local thrift store.
Oftentimes, with a little bit of digging, you can find fantastic gently used or even new items at all of these stores. Especially if you’re a DIY-er or just want to try making homemade gifts for the first time, it’s easy to find items to reuse or upcycle; everything from baskets, to cloth, picture frames, books, or whatever you need for your next project.
Not only will you have the satisfaction of saving money, but you’ll also feel good about keeping valuable items out of landfills! It’s great for Mother Nature, your style and your wallet.
Brew Your Own Coffee
We know how convenient it is to swing by your favorite coffee shop for a quick caffeine fix, but ordering coffee regularly adds up quickly. In fact, you could save hundreds of dollars each year by brewing your coffee at home, instead of shelling out $3.50 for your favorite brew.
Do you want to achieve that same coffee shop taste but at home? Try tweaking your coffee recipe or process until you find the way you enjoy your coffee best!
- A french press is a fast, easy way to brew darker coffee
- Grind your coffee beans fresh before each brew
- Try adding cinnamon to the grounds for extra flavor
- Put in 1-2 tbsp. of butter to your finished coffee for a creamy taste
Free Amazon Prime for 6 Months
Save on all those shipping fees by signing up for a free 6-Month trial for Amazon Prime! You’ll get free, two-day shipping on most Amazon purchases, access to thousands of movies and tv shows through Prime Video and receive student specific discounts. This is perfect for when you’re purchasing textbooks, holiday gifts and even your household basics!