If you are anything like me, your bank account runs down to .43 cents like two days after you get a paycheck each week. I’m only 20, I work at a $10 an hour job at a boutique, and I have to support myself AND my dog (and sometimes my boyfriend). Living paycheck to paycheck is one of the most stressful things about college, so I have compiled some of my favorite ways (and easiest ways, I’m pretty lazy) to save money!
1. The Cartwheel App
Target has created this amazing app called “Cartwheel.” They have daily, weekly, and monthly coupon specials ranging from 5% to 20% off. 5% might not seem like a lot, but when the cashier scans your barcode straight from your phone – CRAZY I KNOW – it shows how much you have saved in your time of using the app! It really does add up! Download the app here!
2. Eat in more
My boyfriend and I have found that we save the most money by going to the grocery store once a week and spending a certain amount of money on items we can cook with throughout the rest of the week. Sometimes we try to make a menu, but our best inspiration comes from just walking down the aisles of Target. This is when the Cartwheel app comes super in handy, because you can buy foods that are on sale from the app and create meals that way! We also use Pinterest a ton for meal planning, because who likes to eat pasta with meatballs 5 days a week?
3. Add money to your savings account
It sounds hard, and I’ll be honest, it really is. But lately, each week on Friday when I get a paycheck I add $20 to my savings account. It isn’t a lot, but like I said earlier, it adds up. I know that in three months from now I’m going to want a new pair of Tory Burch boots. I won’t have $500 to fork out right then and there, so by starting now, I will have those beauties the minute it gets cold!
4. Shop at Plato’s Closet
I know what you are thinking, E-W! And that’s exactly what I used to think myself. But since moving to a college town where everyone here sleeps on mattresses filled with $100 bills (not me, obviously), the selection at our Plato’s Closet isn’t too bad. Typically each year I buy one new pair of jeans, since I don’t really change in jean size. My favorite jean brands are Citizens of Humanity, Joes, and Seven for all Mankind, which range from $150-$250 each. I can still fit in my jeans from 7th grade, so I’ve been lucky that I’m not forking out so much money just to outgrow them, but last year at Plato’s closet I bought 4 pairs of Citizen’s and 2 pairs of Seven’s, and I didn’t break $40. Give Plato’s a chance, you never know what you will find!
5. SELL at Plato’s Closet
Another Plato’s moment, but if you’re looking in your closet going, “wow I hardly wear any of this anymore” then it’s time to fill a trash bag and head to your local Plato’s. They pay good money for things that you would otherwise throw away or give to Goodwill! Sounds like money for groceries to me!