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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Savings Advice | 0 comments

Couponing Tips for College Students

With the high interest rates of student loans hanging over your head, the ridiculous prices of textbooks and not to mention the miscellaneous costs of living on your own, it’s inevitable that the lack of finances can put a damper on some of the most exciting years of your college life.

A solution to the hole in your pocket could be easier than you think. Coupons have become even more popular lately and more people are starting to jump on the bandwagon to save money with coupons. There are so many ways you can get coupons but with the convenience of mobile coupons, you can save both time and money.

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New Age of Couponing

Getting a great deal doesn’t involve jumping through hoops. These days you can cut, print and text to get amazing deals on products that you love and using them to save have never been more convenient.  Keep your eyes peeled; great coupons are all around you (websites, Facebook, newspapers, magazines).

Print coupons. Every week, newspapers across the country print coupons for consumers to use at grocery stores, department stores, and restaurants, allowing consumers to save money on everyday goods and services. Check inside your mailbox and you may find the little blue envelope from Valpak that gives you instant savings area.

Online coupons. Another source of coupons is online. Printable coupons and coupon codes can be found at many manufacturers and coupon related websites. Once you find a coupon you want to redeem, just print it then use in a physical store or enter in the coupon code for an online purchase.

Mobile coupons. Mobile devices put the money-saving power of online coupons right in your hands. To find savings from your phone, start by downloading a mobile app such as the Valpak mobile app or other coupon apps. Enter your location to start finding savings for nearby stores, select the coupons you want to use and the cashier will scan them directly from your smartphone.

Save on Items You Want and Need

Surviving without money is almost a life test in itself as a college student. Say goodbye to the ramen noodle diet and tattered textbooks. You’ll see couponing in a new light once you discover that you can shop and save at some of your favorite stores.

Munch and Lunch. College students are always on the go and can end up spending a lot of money on eating out. Wouldn’t it be nice to get your groceries and save? Eating inexpensively using apps for grocery shopping could help keep your spending in control. Coupons are ideal for late night take-out such as pizza and Chinese food.

Back-to-School Supplies Shopping. Let’s face it; technology is a necessity for college and textbooks and reference materials used in class can be very expensive. Start your computer and textbook purchase off right with instant savings using online coupon codes.

Home Away From Home. Furnishing your apartment doesn’t have to break the bank. Your favorite home goods and improvement stores regularly offer deals, so be sure to check out their websites, sign up for their emails and check savings websites. Get creative when decorating your dorm or apartment with colorful comforter sets and accessories for every room. Home improvement stores make any DIY project such as painting or organizing your closet a breeze.

Key Tips to Saving

  • Many local stores and businesses will give a discount with a student ID card. This is one quick way to keep cash in your pocket. If you don’t see any sign, ask! Many college and student discounts are not posted.
  • If the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Coupons are safe and user friendly. So stop participating in medical studies for money. You’re not a lab rat test dummy!
  • Buy store brands, clip coupons, and get the store’s membership card for all discounts. These are free.
  • Sign up for geographically targeted coupon notifications through iPhone Passbook or Android Wallet.
  • Don’t let the coupons lure you into spending too much.  It’s easy to feel like you’re saving money and end up spending more than you thought you would because of all the great deals you’re getting.