Friday, March 28, 2014

How To Save Money



As a college student with loans looming over my head and (currently) no stable income, saving money where I can really helps me out in the long run. There are a few things that I've tried to do in a desperate attempt to save myself a few dollars.

  1. Buy Tazo Tea (or any tea) from the stores. I just used Tazo as an example because I know that this what Starbucks uses and I go there the most often. Whether you're going to Coffee Bean, or another chain/local café, it adds up if you go regularly. I buy myself a box of Tazo's Passion Tea and Zen green tea for around 4 dollars. I'll brew up a few bags in a pitcher and throw it in the fridge so it's cold. I usually mix the teas with lemonade and voila, you have my favorite Spring/Summer/Early Fall drink. If you get a Passion Tea Lemonade from Starbucks, it could range from about $2-4 depending on the size and your location. If you get one, say every day for a month (30 days), you're spending anywhere between $60-120. That's a whole lot of money you could be saving right there. Even cutting down to having it three or four times a week will cut out a little bit of spending.
  2. Spotify and 8tracks. Apparently I'm one of the only fools who still likes to buy her music rather than finding a download link somewhere online. If you remember purchasing music, you'd know that it gets to be pretty expensive, especially if you love it as much as I do. I've had to slow down my purchasing and now rely on Spotify for a huge library of any music you could ever imagine. I also like using 8tracks and finding people's playlists. It allows for a lot of new music to be introduced to you. Plus, it's fun to see what other people are listening to and enjoying!
  3. Netflix. I know, I know, Netflix is not free. But $7.99 a month is a lot cheaper than renting a bunch of movies or going to the movie theater multiples times. And I'm pretty sure no one wants to dole out that much money to buy the entire series or seasons of shows that are on Netflix.
  4. Make a piggy bank. Or in my case, use an actual piggy bank. It may seem slightly elementary, but throwing in your change or some loose single bills that you have adds up eventually. I emptied mine about every two months and ended up with anywhere between $20-30. Once, I let it go for over a year and when I rolled all of my change and counted my bills, I had a little shy of $90. It all adds up eventually, and if it secured you are less likely to pluck some spare money from it.
  5. Go on a makeup, clothes, etc… buying ban. I had to put myself on a makeup buying ban, excluding necessities like foundation, concealer, and face powder as I go through those a lot faster than my extensive collection of blushes and lipsticks. When I buy makeup, I don't buy a little here and a little there. I go nuts and drop more than $50 a trip on products that I know I don't need. I haven't purchased anything new since the beginning of December (excluding, as I said, the necessities) and it has been hard, but I know it's for the best.

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