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Top 5 Ways to Save as a College Student

Updated on May 23, 2018
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Leah has worked with big names such as the NFL and Wayfair in her 5 year career as a writer and is also a published freelance journalist.

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Mint

Mint is a free money manager and financial tracker app. You can track your bank account, credit cards, and bills all in the app that is simple to use and one of the best tools to save you money.

College students are notoriously bad at tracking their spending so an app like Mint is an essential app that every college student needs. By tracking your spending and setting a budget, you can see where your money is going and how you should adjust your spending.

You can link your accounts such as federal loans, TV/Internet bills, bank accounts, and more. Mint is also from the makers of TurboTax and QuickBooks so you know that you’re putting your trust in a reliable company.

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RetailMeNot

Just like coupon clipping in the old days, now there are sites on the Internet where you can get great deals and even free stuff. RetailMeNot is a great place to look if you want to save money on the top deals available online.

They even have a toolbar that helps you find discounts for whatever pages that you’re browsing on and even enter them automatically. You can find deals for all your favorite sites, some of the ones that I’ve used is for Graze, Jillian Michaels, Walmart, Target, all sorts of sites and companies. They don’t just show you offers, they give you free coupon codes. Did I mention that there is no spam that comes along with the tool-bar? It’s 100% safe to use and you can save a lot of money by utilizing the site.

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Honey Toolbar

Another very popular coupon/discount tool-bar is gaining presence in the online shopping world. Honey is a toolbar much like RetailMeNot’s toolbar. It automatically finds you the best deals and enters them right into the coupon field. It’s great to use when you’re planning on getting that awesome bar of natural, vegan soap that you’ve been dying to get or that computer and supplies you need for your classes.

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Amazon Prime Student

Amazon Prime is one of the most popular shopping subscriptions in the world. There are over 100 million Amazon Prime subscribers according to Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos in an interview with CNN. Amazon Prime offers a number of amazing online services such as


  • Amazon Prime Video – for catching up on all your latest shows and binge-watching your weekends away

  • Prime Music – for all you rockstars

  • Free Two-Day Shipping – for those who want their orders as quickly as possible

  • Awesome discounts only available for Prime Members


Now, Amazon is offering a membership called Amazon Prime Student, where you can get all this free for 6 months with proof of enrollment in college. That’s right, you pay nothing for the first 6 months. You can shop your heart out and also get school supplies and textbooks through Amazon’s textbook rental program which can be found in the books section.


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eBay Buy it Now

eBay is one of the most widely known services other than Amazon, they’ve been around for years and still seem to be one of the most popular sites in the online shopping world. You can get some really awesome deals on eBay if you know where to look and what to look for. When I was in college, I got a thousand dollar Alienware computer for half the price only due to the fact the back alien backlight didn’t work. It was hands-down the best computer I’ve ever had.

The problem with eBay though is that it’s mainly an auction site, or it started out that way anyways. More sellers are giving customers the Buy it Now option which lets you skip the pricey bids and nonsense and get what you want to get for a flat price. If it was me, I’d check Amazon before I checked eBay out, just to make sure that what you’re getting is priced right and actually works. A simple trick I learned is to run it through Amazon and look at the ratings and prices before committing to buying something off of eBay.

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Steer Clear of Penny Bidding Sites!

One of the biggest scams on the market right now is penny-auctions. Penny-auctions may seem like a great idea and way to save money but they aren’t. They actually make you pay almost the same, if not more than items are worth and try to deceive you by saying that you’re actually getting the best deal. I would steer clear of these sites, especially as a college student.


Being financially responsible and thrifty will help you prepare for your life after college, what you set yourself up for now can have great benefits. With these apps and sites, you can not only track your spending and save money, you can also prepare for a financially secure future as well. Savings are abundant on the web, it just takes a bit of digging to find them! You can find more deals and tools like the ones mentioned here by doing a simple Google search and some research that will be well worth it!

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