My gift to you this week: a master list of hacks to save money wherever possible.
I always find myself wasting money in little areas – not taking advantage of discounts, buying things unnecessarily, etc. I can’t be the only one who does this so I’ve decided to compile a list of things we can all try to do in our daily lives to save some cash money.
One. (Sneakily) Bring a container to the dining hall. Keep it in your backpack or purse or under your shirt, but bring one! You can easily fill up two plates, go back to your table, and slide that food into a Tupperware for later. Breakfast for dinner, a midnight snack, you never know when you’re gonna crave some yummy Brow Chow.
Two. Along the same lines, if you go to a restaurant and don’t take your leftovers, you are wasting money AND food – shame, shame. I’m super guilty of this and it NEEDS to be stopped!!
Three. Have a potluck with friends! If you live in an apartment, or just have access to a stove, you can make one portion and have your friends each bring something else. You all get a variety of foods but only paid for a little bit of it. Is there literally anything better than that?
Four. Did you know Starbucks gives free refills on regular coffees and teas? I did not. Sit your butt in a Starbucks, order a drink, and do homework for hours without breaking the bank.
Five. OR (and hear me out) invest in a Keurig/other single-portion coffee maker!!!!!!!!! I know what you’re thinking: “Sam, K-cups are 1. expensive and 2. TERRIBLE for the environment.” And here’s what I’m thinking: I’m proud of you for being money conscious, as well as caring about our earth. BUT, what you can do to side-step both of these issues is buy those reusable K-cup things and refill it with one of those Costco size coffee grounds boxes.
Six. Keep snacks on you during long days!!! I cannot emphasize this one enough. If you’re like me, you have class from 9am-4pm some days with no time for a meal break. That means I’m either shoving money into a vending machine and paying $9 for like two bags of chips or I’m hitting up the closest food place afterwards and buying half the menu. Bring snacks from home!!!! You’ll save money and your metabolism.
Seven. If you find yourself constantly ordering coffee or tea, buy a box of tea bags, bring a couple to a coffee shop, and ask for some water. Hot water is free, but a large hot tea at some places is like $4 so you do the math. Plus, switching from coffee to tea is better for your health.
Eight. My all-time favorite food hack is working somewhere, like a restaurant or market, that makes and sells food. 9 times outta 10 you’ll get a free meal every shift and/or a discount whenever you visit as a customer.
Nine. Whenever you go anywhere, ask if they have a student discount!! Your local mall, restaurant, gas station, I don’t care where – ask!
If you have any of your own suggestions that you’ve found to work really well PLEASE let me know. I’m dyin’ to save money in a big way.
xoxo help a b*tch out