One of the best ways you can save money in college is by being super deal savvy and (gasp!) clipping coupons.
Don’t worry. . . by “clipping” we actually mean “printing” coupons. Check it out:
One of the first steps in your couponing journey is establishing where you’ll be doing your shopping.
Basically, you’re gonna become BFFs with the closest drugstore you can find.
If you don’t have a car, check out if your school offers a bus service to a nearby store, or see which stores are in walking distance.
Once you’ve picked a store or two, find out their policies. Do they let you double coupons? Will they take expired coupons?
2. Skip newspaper inserts and print coupons right from KCL.
Time is precious in college, and it truly is a balancing act. Save time by searching for coupons on KCL by category or brand, and print them instantly.
3. Combine coupons with student discounts to maximize your savings.
Coupons are great on their own, but stack them with a store that already offers a student discount to save even more.
Start by checking out the top 20 stores that offer student discounts.
Colleges often have a link on their website listing stores and restaurants that offer discounts with your student ID, so check there, too!
4. Build your stockpile with essentials like body wash, laundry detergent and deodorant.
Living in a dorm or shared apartment means you probably don’t have a ton of space for a giant stockpile, so you need to be picky about the deals you do.
Stack coupons and store deals to stock up on essentials like toothpaste, body wash, toilet paper, body lotion, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, and whatever else you use often.
For food, stock up on non-perishables with a long shelf life that you use often such as cereal, coffee, pasta, rice, oatmeal, soup, granola bars, and marinara sauce.
5. And then. . . use your stockpile to barter.
FOR REAL! After you come down off that high from finding a killer stock-up deal on body wash, ask your roommates to buy some groceries in exchange for the suds (or whatever else you have excess of).
People have been known to barter with their stockpiles for haircuts and all kinds of other goods and services.
6. Download the free AroundCampus and Rovertown apps to get local coupons.
On AroundCampus, find local coupons just for students in the “Local Deals” tab — like half-off appetizers or 20% off your entire purchase.
Rovertown’s coupons are under the “Discounts” tab with savings like 25% off Papa John’s pizza, $1 medium Caribou Coffee, and more.
Visit their site, and they’ll text you a link to the app.
For both, redeem these coupons right from your phone.
7. Take advantage of Groupon’s Student Program and get 25% off.
You probably already know about Groupon’s huge variety of coupons for restaurants and fun activities.
To make things even better, their student program offers 25% off local deals when you apply.
Don’t forget to check out Groupon’s student coupon and discount page for deals on tech gear, retail stores, textbooks, travel, and more.
8. Use rebate apps like Ibotta to save up to $500 every year.
Download Ibotta, and simply scan your receipts to earn cash back on hundreds of grocery items — many of which I promise you’re already buying.
For inspiration, learn the 7 ways I use Ibotta to save $500 every year.
9. Find tons of coupons in little-known places around campus.
It’s no secret that college students are on a budget, so coupons are everywhere you look, including:
- In your college newspaper
- At the campus bookstore
- Pinned to community boards
- At the library, gym, health center, and other buildings
- City newspapers around campus
- At nearby restaurants
- The mailroom in your dorm or apartment complex
10. Follow your favorite brands and local stores on Facebook for coupons.
Here are some examples:
- Kroger offers freebie coupons you can download every Friday, like a free Gatorade Fuel Bar
- Rite Aid offers exclusive deals, such as $2 off lip balm
- Sprouts offers coupons and sweepstakes, like winning healthy frozen fruit bars
- Bed, Bath, and Beyond offers deals and sweepstakes, like winning a gift card for $1,000
11. Use Restaurant.com to save money on dining out.
Find whatever type of cuisine you’re in the mood for (including restaurants with organic or gluten-free options), and buy discounted certificates to use when you dine out.
You’ll save up to 50% on your meal, but be sure to read the fine print! Most (if not all) of these deals have a minimum purchase associated.