“One of the biggest mistakes young people make is spending money without any pre-planning. You map out your classes for the year, you map out your spring break road trip, you map out your outfit for that party on Friday night. Figure out how much money you have, what’s necessary, what’s a luxury, and then budget how much you need to stay afloat over the year.”
– Canadian Living
As a frugal foodie who also happens to be freaking lazy, these are tips that I’m looking forward to using in the spring semester.
- Buy or rent used textbooks
- Use library books
- Find PDFs of required textbooks
- Sell last semester’s textbooks
- Eat out once a week only (yikes)
- Use coupons for food, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and more!
- Walk or use public transit: this one is a breeze for me because a) I’m a terrible driver, and b) I don’t have a car!
- Shop at places where there are student discounts: Waterloo is such a student-oriented city that every single shop will offer student discounts. It’s the best!
- Price-compare for groceries: this is something I truly need to work on.
- Take shorter showers
- Get loyalty points like PC Plus Points: I found myself wondering the other day WHY I don’t have PC Plus Points yet. I grocery-shop at nearly all the PC shops. It’s like I’m giving money away!
- Use the school gym
- Meal prep!
- Sell old clothes, stationery, appliances, etc., that are no longer used
- Don’t buy unnecessary school supplies (oh no)
- Drink water instead of coffee, juice, etc.
- Use Spotify for free music
- Avoid buying brand-name items
- Set budget goals: Mom! Help!
- Do studies/surveys/questionnaires that give you money.