December 18, 2018 By The College Juice

5 Money Saving Hacks

Money can be tight in college, so it’s crucial to make sure you’re not spending bucks where you don’t have to.

Here are some hacks to help you stop wasting money.

Never miss a promo code with these digital tools.

Nothing stings quite like paying full price for an item, only to find out you could have used a promo code! We recommend downloading Honey — a Chrome extension that auto-fills promo codes while you’re online shopping. If you’re shopping through an app and aren’t using Chrome, browse through sites like RetailMeNot and Slickdeals before tapping “checkout” on your shopping cart. These websites are just another easy way to find the latest promo codes and coupons.

Use an app to cut down on unnecessary costs. 

Many people avoid budgeting simply because it seems like a task that’s easier said than done. The solution? Find a budgeting app that’ll do the hard work for you. Staying on top of what you’re spending can help you cut down on unnecessary monthly payments, avoid overspending, and escape pesky late fees. Try an app like Mint to get started.

Make the switch to generic brands. 

Maybe you can sometimes notice a difference when you opt for generic over a name brand. (Like with your favorite cereal, for example.) However, that doesn’t mean that all generic brands aren’t up to par with the big brands you recognize! Start working more generic brands into your shopping trips and see where you don’t mind making the switch.

Only spend cash.

The next time you head out shopping, leave your card at home! Withdrawing only the amount of cash you’re willing to spend is a great way to stay mindful about which purchases are necessary.

Remove stored card information from all websites.

Speaking of your credit card, it’s way too easy wasting money online when your card info is stored on all of your favorite sites! Having to get up, dig through your wallet, and then manually input all the information might be just enough of an inconvenience to get you to rethink those unnecessary purchases.