When you’re a graduate student, you’re always looking for ways to save money (especially if, like me, you have a house and a baby!) Every little bit saved helps! Here are 10 ways to help you save while
attending grad school:
1. Books: When I was an undergrad, you could only purchase used books as a way to save. Now you have other options! Rent books! Yes…rent them for the semester and you can save yourself a pretty penny.
2. Supplies: Share and barter. One of the classes I was taking required a graphic calculator. Another course required a financial calculator… so my friend and I swapped. Win win!
3. Carry a water bottle: Why spend a dollar or more to purchase a water bottle ever day? Carry a reusable bottle and fill up at the water fountain. Besides, you will be helping the environment, your wallet and your waistline!
4. Use books on Reserve/library resources: Most professors put their books on reserve at the library– if you’re really lucky, there will even be a copy of the book that you can check out for the semester. Neat!
5. Lunch Brown bag it: Or should I say, insulate bag it? Or plastic container-it?? If you have access to a fridge (some school offices have fridges if you belong to clubs or special groups) you can use that, or use an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack.
6. Craving snacks? Plan ahead. Something as simple as a banana will set you back double or triple if you purchase at the corner store than at the supermarket… So buy snacks when on sale at the grocery stores or if you prefer in bulk at Costco or Sam’s Club and pack in your bag.
7. Resell your books and unneeded supplies: This sounds easy, but I can’t tell you how many books I have that I can get rid of (yes I can! Too many!)
8. Embrace e-books: Sometimes e-books are cheaper than conventional books… And they come with an added bonus: You can upload to your phone and always have it with you! (So no more excuses for not getting your reading done!)
9. Take advantage of student list-serves. My graduate school has list serves for various topics, including bartering, reselling, or giving away stuff. Sometimes it is books, sometimes discounted furniture… Point is, get acquainted with the list serves and see which ones can help you save!
10. Take advantage of student discounts. If you can show proof you are a graduate student, you can save on movie tickets, shows, and even rail and plane tickets. In addition, many neighborhood stores have discounts especially for students! For example, where I go to school, there are many shops that offer discounts on everything from haircuts to food to copying.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask! Ask for discounts even at stores that don’t post discounts! And make sure you become familiar with all your school has to offer—sometimes they have special deals that you won’t know about—so become familiar with your school’s website.
What did I miss? Share your tips below!
Thanks to Diana Limongi for these tips!
Diana Limongi is a Latina New Yorker with proud Ecuadorian roots, married to a Frenchman. She is mommy to Enzo, a French/Hispanic/European/
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