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Money Tips College Freshmen Should Know

Money Tips College Freshmen Should Know

Take note of some of these tips, as some of them will serve you well later in life too. Money tips are needed in college because students have severely limited funds, but many of the tips can also be used as you get older.

Share car journeys, especially to the store

This is a tip that will save you money in the long run. When your student friends are going to the grocery store, share a car ride, with each person chipping in for gas. The more people that go, then the more economical the journey becomes—meaning that all of the students save money.

Keep your money in the bank

Money is safer in a bank than in your shared housing or dorm. Theft is a problem everywhere, and not just in colleges and in dorms. Criminal sorts are attracted to colleges and college dorms, where trusting or drunk students are ripe for the robbing. They will take anything from your car keys and laptop, to the loose change you threw on your desk. If you live with other students or share a dorm, then your housemates/roommate’s next lover may be a criminal on the job.

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Having money means not spending

How rich a person becomes has less to do with how much they earn and more to do with how much they save. The reasoning behind this could fill a best UK essay. Suffice it to say that the money rich people have is through the money they have not spent, and yet your mind has been conditioned to spend, spend, spend. Test yourself and your friends to see how conditioned they are. Ask them, if you won $20,000 tomorrow, what would you do with it? If they do not say, “save it” or “put it in the bank”, then they are conditioned to spend.

As soon as most people get any money, they instantly start deciding how to get rid of it (spend it). And, the chances are that most of your friends would start listing off the ways they would get rid of their money as quickly as they got it.

Snack if you must, but snack cheaply

Convenience food is the enemy of the student. If you want to save money, then get into the habit of having three meals per day and no more. Make sure that they are substantial meals that fill you up so you won’t be tempted to snack during the day, which is going to cost you money.

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Don’t sell anything

This tip is short because it needs to be remembered. Students will often sell their items to fellow students on eBay and Amazon, and they think that they are being shrewd, in fact they do not realize they are losing money.

If you were to write an essay on economics, you may first take note of assets. Each item you own is an asset and has its place in saving you money. You may think that selling twenty of your DVDs may bring in some quick cash, however over the next year you are going to become bored. And, one of those DVDs may have helped stop you running out and buying other DVDs, or console games, or may have provided you and your partner with a cheap night in, instead of an expensive night out.

Only sell items if you are sure you can make a lot more than they are worth, and then repurchase them cheaply so that you may keep the profit.

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Keep your car well maintained

A lack of oil is the difference between yearly maintenance and having to buy a new car. The air in your tire will dictate how much fuel your car uses. Having your boot or car filled with items you do not need will cost you money in fuel. In Britain, a study proved that simply having a moustache will cost you $15 per year (based on the extra weight, and adjusted for current fuel prices).

Learn how to swap and borrow

Do it with people that you trust. The worst thing you can do is lend to a person who purposefully, or accidentally, forgets you have leant them something. Swapping console games and DVDs is a great way of saving money. As is lending and borrowing things such as video camera, professional cameras, cars and even space in a freezer.

Energy creation devices are too expensive

A solar-powered mobile phone battery charger may seem like a wise investment, but it is not. The cheap Chinese-made ones are only trickle chargers to keep the battery topped up (read the small print on the instructions). Any device that will charge your phone battery from dead, and then stop charging when it is full, is going to cost you a lot of money. Similar devices are equally as ineffective, such as phone and laptop chargers that use kinetic energy.

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Gather in groups

You will find that you do not need the pubs, cinemas, or other entertainment facilities if you gather in groups of friends. Many happy hours may be spent on the grass watching your team or just having a chat with friends. Many groups of happy teens have spent hours having a Jackass movie marathon and maybe having a drink every time the little fella comes on screen (he is the only reason those movies are watchable).

I hope these tips will be useful for you and you’ll be able to save some cash and learn how to spend your money and time wisely.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2020

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

“How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

  • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
    • food
    • rent/mortgage
    • cell phone
    • insurance
    • socializing/entertainment
    • transportation
    • hygiene products
    • household bills
  • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
    • travel
    • clothing
    • medication (*depends)
    • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
    • gifts

Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

Save Money on Food

1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

2. Buy the store-brand version

Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

4. Have group dinners

If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

Save Money in Transport

5. Get a bicycle

Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

7. Find the cheapest gas

Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

Save Money in General Shopping

8. Shop online

Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

9. Sell your old stuff

Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

10. Bulk buying stores

For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

12. Generic brand medication

More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

Cut Down on Household Expenses

14. Printing

Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

16. Shop around for insurance

Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

18. Don’t get a TV

Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

20. Have house parties

Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

21. Open festivals, meetups and events

It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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22. Volunteer

If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

23. Housesit

There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

24. DIY beauty

French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

  • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
  • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
  • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
  • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
  • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
  • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
  • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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