Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

More Money for Beauty with These Money-Saving Tips!

A college student’s budget for their favorite beauty products can be a difficult animal to wrangle, especially for incoming college students, so I thought I’d offer up some of my personal tips and tricks on budgeting with a beauty enthusiast’s desires in mind–save money…. so you can have a bigger beauty budget :)


There is probably no bigger drain on the budget than the outlandish costs of textbooks. This goes for all levels of post-secondary education (I paid $250 for a b-school textbook a year or two back–are you serious?). When and wherever possible, obtain books outside of your school’s bookstore and try to get them gently used. I’m totally with anyone who can’t handle a book owned by voracious highlighter, so I always kept an eye out in the used book’s description about it. You’d be surprised that you can find gems that were virtually untouched (and probably read minimally by that darling A+ student who already knew it all) for anywhere from 20-80% off the list price. I loved Amazon, personally, both for buying and reselling textbooks.

It’s a good idea to start off with a textbook price comparison site (like, and then go from there. Check out what sites offer free shipping, see where they’re located (e.g. if you’re buying a week before class, you might not want to buy from somewhere across the coast–unless you’re paying for quicker shipping). Then check out coupon sites for any existing coupons (free shipping, 5% off, etc.). If you want the best deals, make sure you start hunting earlier rather than later. The market for used books is like anything else; you’re not the only one hunting for a good deal. Plus, you want to give yourself enough time receive the book.

If you can’t find it used, do price comparison shopping at major retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. My mom always had a BN membership, so I frequently bought new books there that I couldn’t find cheaper used (often English novels and the like), but just as often, I bought off of Amazon. (And if you’re a student, consider the Amazon Student program where you essentially get Amazon Prime benefits–free two-day shipping–for six months at no cost.) Free two-day shipping (and just $3.99 for overnight) has saved my butt SO many times when I’m down to the wire and class has already started!

More tips:

  • Ask friends who have taken the class previously for their books (you might even offer to pay or take them out for lunch/dinner).
  • Ask the professor if you can use a previous edition of a book (90% of the time, it’s totally OK) – if you don’t want to ask, look to see what the time lapse between editions was; the larger the gap, the more likely they made more revisions–but if they put out a new edition every 9 months, you could probably get away with the old edition.
  • Rent your textbook! This was only just bubbling up when I had gone through most of my classes, so I can’t weigh in, but it might be a viable option!


When class has wrapped up, be quick about reselling your textbooks! I can’t emphasize this enough, because it’s something I very often failed to do. Whether you bring a box to your school’s bookstore or you sell them yourself (I always used Amazon), do it right away. Editions change frequently, so you don’t want to get too behind. I have some law school textbooks that were $200+ when I purchased them but are worth $20 now. When shipping out books, use media mail if possible, and if you use USPS, try to cram that book into a flat rate box if you can’t use media mail. If your book wasn’t worth much to begin with or it’s not worth much now, factor in costs to ship and whether it’s worth it.


Unless you’re scarfing down fast food everyday, eating out is generally more expensive than cooking something for yourself or using the dormitory food plan if you’re on campus. We would always grab fruit, muffins, etc. to take with us, too (my school let you take one item plus one drink cup out) for in-between class snacks. If you want to eat out, use sites like, which offer big discounts on dining out. If you live in a pretty populated area, you can luck out for some good restaurants at a fraction of the cost–but make sure to read all the fine print about minimums. The cost of buying drinks during a meal add up, and this is a big money maker for restaurants. I’m not in school any more, but we cut out drinks (and stick with water) years ago except for the rare occasion. $3 for lemonade or soda can add up!

More tips:

  • Find out if your school has any partnerships in place with local restaurants.
  • Look for reward cards–like Pinkberry has a stamp card, Starbucks comps extras like soy milk if you use a reloadable card, etc.
  • Happy hour doesn’t have to mean just drinks; a lot of restaurants do half-off appetizers.


Whether it’s for clothes, shoes, or beauty, watch for big sales. For clothing/shoes, these are much more frequent, and I always liked to partake in back-to-school sales the most. If you love a particular store or brand, get on their email list so you can find out about upcoming sales before they happen. When it comes to beauty, sales are less frequent, but one that most of us anticipate is Sephora’s Friends & Family sale in November. This is an excellent time to stockup on your staples; your moisturizers, concealers, primers, foundations, etc.


This will save you money (and stress) in the long-run, but a motto I like to live by is to live within my means, so I don’t get to use a credit card and rack up charges that I can’t pay for out of my bank account.  Be fiscally responsible and think of credit cards as being convenient, but they’re not there so you can just borrow money like it’s water.  They’re good for emergencies, when you’re in-between paychecks, or when you can find a good financing deal (like paying for your laptop in 12 monthly installments with no interest–but just make sure you are on top of those payments so you don’t incur past interest charges if you don’t pay in full by the end of the financing deal date).  I had a friend in college who managed to get herself into $20,000 credit debt, and after hearing about that, it’s not something you want to get yourself into.  For most, the interest rates in credit cards is ridiculous, so please take care and don’t buy a $3,000 purse you know you can’t afford.  Credit cards are no doubt tantalizing, but don’t let them abuse you!  Besides, aren’t the student loans daunting enough?

Do you have any money-saving tips for our students?

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57 thoughts on “Money-Saving Tips for College Students

  1. Lisa

    As a soon to be college grad, I can def vouch for this :) For me, the most important thing was learning to eat out less. Buying a stromboli at the local pizzaria costs 3x as much as making it yourself!

  2. Jill

    I definitely agree about eating out–not only will you save money, but you’ll also save the Freshman 15! I still limit myself to eating out once or twice a week ONLY, and I’ve been out of college for 10 years. I save money and male healthier choices at home.

  3. Devi

    Haha, you have no idea how much I panicked when I scrolled through the post briefly and did not see any makeup advice. o_o

    But thanks for all the advice for us college students! I recently paid 125 dollars for a book because I didn’t qualify to rent it. >.< Not fun.

    • I always get questions about “How can I afford this if I’m a college student?” So I thought since school is starting or right around the corner, I’d share the things I did when I was in college to keep me in MAC (which is what I primarily bought) :)

      You didn’t qualify to rent it? There are qualifications? Do tell more!

    • I am also curious about why they say you were not able to rent. I rented from several websites over the years and all of them require is that you make your purchase with a major credit card. They want it so if you lose the book, they can charge you for it.

    • Kimberly

      This year I used I don’t think I needed any qualifications to rent from them. Great site for renting textbooks.

    • Devi

      Oh no, I feel awful now, I mis-phrased that and got everyone wondering! :( I meant that I had to have a state ID (or passport) in order to rent, and I didn’t have one at the time. It’s not really a “qualification” per se, but we just can’t rent it at our campus bookstore [sometimes there are better prices on campus, so I buy some books there instead of online] if we don’t have that type of identification on us. And most people carry their non-driver IDs or driver’s license with them, so it’s not a big deal.

      I’m sorry for being so misleading guys! >.<

  4. I completely agree with you on the texbook tip. When I was a clueless freshman, I paid $86 for a book that is now worth $8. I sold it on Amazon for half of what I paid for it, and luckily, someone bought it and said her professor didn’t mind an older edition.

    I don’t know if all schools do this, but a lot of people at the two CUNY schools I attended would post fliers to sell their books. That way we could avoid the bookstores and any fees incurred through a middle man. There were designated wallboards for this in the hallways.

    To save on snacks, I bought bulk boxes of granola bars on Amazon, and stored them in my purse, tote bags, etc. If I ever got hungry, I had something to nibble on. I also made my own trail mix and peanut butter sandwiches at home and stored it in Ziplock bags.

  5. Xtina

    Try getting your textbooks from a library! I know this won’t work for science classes, but it does work for any humanities classes. I didn’t try the library until graduate school, but it has saved me a ton of money. You can’t beat free! The down side is you can’t mark up the books, but you can use post its/flags to highlight any important parts.

    Also, make sure you carry your student ID with you at all times — it gets you a discount at a myriad of places. Bliss Spas are offering 15% off any spa treatment with a student ID right now, and 20% if you show any assignment with an “A”. J.Crew, Banana Republic, and Ann Taylor also offer discounts — and all you have to do is show your student ID. I believe J.Crew is 15% while the other two are 20%.

    • MandyB

      The library saved me so much money in university, and is a totally overlooked resource, especially if you take english classes. So many people would buy all the novels on the reading list from the book store when you could get them from the library. Now with e-books and sites like Project Gutenberg if you’re taking any sort of historical lit classes you can get the material for free! Hopefully profs are making that known to students.

    • Veronica

      I definitely echo the library sentiment. I’ve managed to skip out on several hundred dollars worth of textbook prices in the past few years just by using them. I was lucky enough to go to a college that had almost every major class resource on hand – and who allowed them to copy pages out of the book. Twenty dollars for a binder of xeroxed pages beats the $200 price of a chemistry hardback.

  6. Chelle

    Your comment about drinking water instead of juice or soda at a restaurant is the one that I found made the biggest impact when I lived on campus. You don’t NEED juice or soda, and if anything… they’re an intake of calories and money that really isn’t required. There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a meal with water. It’ll save you loads of money in the long run.

  7. Anne

    Always ask about student discounts when you go shopping. Lots of larger chains offer discounts to students and teachers with ID (Banana Republic, Pier 1, J Crew etc.)

  8. Rachel

    You have to be a little careful with this one and you need someone with a car but, if you can find 3 or 4 people to share membership to a store like Costco and you plan carefully it can save you money big time. I preferred to buy a large flat of Gatorade at the beginning of the semester rather than spend 2 dollars or more out on campus.

    The other suggestion is to learn your meal plan and spend time visiting every place on campus that accepted it. Usually at the end of semester most of those places sold their extras in bulk, both so they could clear out stock and so people with a lot of meal plan money left (because most unis don’t roll that money over) could stock up. At that point the money is already spent anyway.

  9. RENT YOUR TEXTBOOKS FROM CHEGG.COM! They are freaking awesome and have saved me hundreds of dollars! They pretty much have every book unless the book you need is customized for you shcool. If you haven’t heard of this site, seriously check it out!

  10. Kelsey

    I don’t know about the States, but in Canada you can purchase a Student Price Card (SPC) for $9.00 and it offers 5%-10% off at a lot of retailers like Zellers, American Eagle Outfitters, and a bunch of restaurants. It’s good for 1 year (August to August), and if you can remember to use it you can save a lot of cash. For example, I recently had to buy a bunch of stuff for my apartment from Zellers, and saved about $20.00 off of the original $200.00. As long as you have valid student ID and remember to carry the card with you, it’s totally worth the money.

    • Minoya M

      If you apply for their credit card, there’s no worry about renewing it every year and you can collect air miles!

  11. I can testify that renting textbooks is the best. For example, I have an Accounting class that the textbook is $140 used on average. I just rented the textbook for $30 including taxes and shipping with coupon code ! I discovered renting books about 3 years ago and it has saved me a ton of money. I recommend using a textbook price search engine like and it is best to have the ISBN. Also do your research! Many books at the college bookstore has the ISBN of a deluxe version of the book that contains website access codes or CDs which come at a premium cost. Talk to your professor and see if u need the access codes because a lot of them don’t use those features in their instruction. If they don’t visit the publisher’s website to obtain the ISBN of the regular textbook or maybe the professor knows. As someone else posted, check the libraries. They don’t have alot of textbooks but the few they have makes the hunt worth it. Great topic Christine!

  12. Annette

    Great tips! I always bought my textbooks used on amazon and then when I was done with the class I immediately put them up for sale on amazon. Most of the time I broke even and a few times I even made money which I used to buy makeup, lol. Whatever you do never buy a textbook at your school bookstore! Sometimes the used books at my university bookstore where more expensive than brand new books online.

  13. Sally

    If you are a student who lives off campus, see if you can carpool to school. For me, I live 45 minutes from campus, but I can carpool once a week with a fellow student and take turns paying for gas. It helps a lot.

    Movie theaters offer a student discount with an ID which is fun when you need a break from studying.

    Also, I find that bringing your lunch and drink (In your own waterbottle) saves a lot of money for you.

    Oh and cancel your gym membership when you’re a student. You get one included for being a student and a lot of the campus recreation centers have newer, more innovative machines, and just as many group classes that you would get at you local gym.

  14. Debra

    Excellent tips about the textbooks. When my son was an engineering student just a few short years ago, the costs of those technical books was incredble, and the profs rarely understood that a new edition was simply a re-working of the same text, with a new index! So use amazon, and use networks through the university/college. And learn to cook! Just a few basics can provide leftovers. Give up the coffee shop and make that latte a treat, not an everyday thing.

    And enjoy learning. That part of the budget is free.

    • deborah

      Hi! Same name/different spelling. I’m also an engineering student and YES those books are about $200 each. For my SolidWorks class, we had to buy three books and have really only reached for one.

  15. Thanks so much for the tips Christine, I go back to school in less than a week.
    I’m going to business school and HAVE to dress nicely in business suits from time to time. Places like Club Monaco offer 20% off to students. SPC cards is worth an investment too.
    I also think what works while buying make-up is setting a budget.
    Not having a credit card also helps. I am a bit of an impulse shopper, and through out my undergrad, I didn’t have one and now I don’t plan to have one anytime soon.
    And the text books are a pain if you go to school in North America especially. I’ll look into amazon.
    Thanks so much for the tips.

  16. Ivette

    thanks for the info christine! I will just be starting my first year of college, so this is definitely really helpful :)

  17. Ohh.. the one with the drinks is a good one!! :) I live in Denmark and sometimes I have to pay $10 for a 0,5 liter soda :( But food in general is more pricy here than in the US :(

  18. Courtney

    I make food for the whole week on Sunday. I commute, so it’s tempting to spend money on on-campus dining when I’m hungry in between classes. When I make all of my food ahead of time, I eliminate the excuse that I “don’t have time in the morning” to make lunch. I have Calculus III at 8 AM every day this semester, and the last thing I want is to wake up an extra 5-10 minutes early to make lunch for myself. On Sunday afternoon or evening, I’ll assemble my sandwiches, portion off some almonds or other snacky things, refrigerate my beverages (usually water). Lunch comes early when you have Calc III at 8 AM, so usually my stuff stays nice and cold in a brown bag while I’m in class, but if I know it’s going to be a bit before I get to eat, I put it in the refrigerator in the math offices. The math department is small at my school and they don’t mind, so maybe you can find something similar at yours.

  19. Adrienne

    Don’t apply for credit cards to get a free tshirt, this will hurt your credit score.

    I didn’t realize this till junior year but as soon as you get your syllabus run to the school library we could check out and renew books for the whole semester. Some books are required to stay at the library so make some photocopies or read what you need and skip buying. Most teachers never used the books requires (grrrrrr) so sell those back asap or make notes on some passages

  20. Hope

    I was absolutely shocked when I was able to buy most of my books for right around $100 off my school’s online bookstore. My most expensive books are around $150 each and I’m renting those for about $12 each. I’m surprised that more people don’t rent, it’s such a good deal. I don’t write in my books, anyway.

  21. Syrie

    For textbooks, I usually download mine (music is not the only thing you can find for free on the net!) This has literally saved me thousands of dollars. If I cannot find the specific text I am looking for, I go on eBay (I once paid $17 for a $200 book!) My last resort is to borrow/buy the book, photocopy the chapters I will need for class (I have never needed the entire book), then return the book. Buying from Amazon or school and keeping it is my last resort.

    For food, I usually make my own and keep a bag of unsalted mixed nuts with me for when I get hungry. Eating out is very rare for me and I only do so on special occasions. Keeps you healthy and saves you money.

    For shopping, I always head to the clearance racks for clothes and buy things in bulk, especially things that don’t have a use-by date.

    And lastly, for credit cards, I only use mine to buy things online and only for stores that don’t have a physical store or a store that I don’t have access to. And honestly, buy thing you really need. For instance, you need a red lipstick to wear with that little black dress so buy one red lipstick that works with your skin tone. You don’t need every shade between the 620 and 750 nanometer range of the visible spectrum.

    • Is the text *legally* available for free? You wouldn’t want someone to get in trouble :) If it’s legal, maybe you could share your favorite providers. I know in college they busted a TON of people for illegal downloading of music, movies, games, and software.

      • Syrie

        They say if something is too good to be true, it usually is and free digital textbooks that are legal is definitely too good to be true 😛 Funny thing though, my class was encouraged to do this by our professor for a ridiculously expensive text, LOL. I guess in Canada it’s not as strict.

      • Maggie

        Yeah, Christine is right. Same thing happened at my school–especially with students who downloaded illegally using the school’s internet. You shouldn’t risk your status as a student over illegal downloading.

  22. Megan

    A few…

    1) Eat simple vegetarian, and make it yourself. Your microwave is a good friend when eating veggie–steam some vegetables, make some pasta, put some parmesan cheese on it, and you’re good. AND you’ll avoid the freshman 15!
    2) It’s worth your money to buy the biggest fridge your school will let you have; put frozen veggies in it. You can get those on sale, too! You’ll be tempted to eat out/unhealthily more if you don’t have a fridge full of decent stuff. Boxed food may be easier, but you’ll feel so much better not eating it.
    3) Learn to make granola. Make it at home, take it to school in Tupperware. So much cheaper than buying–SO MUCH–and you have cereal and snacks.
    4) Learn to do without soda. You’ll save money and sugar. If you need caffeine, try tea or making your own coffee.
    5) If you’re a liberal arts major, there’s no excuse to buy books new. Or even from the school store. I was an English lit major, and I never went over 150 dollars a semester.

  23. Hend

    Christine Thanks for the tips, This year I’m going to be a senior student yay !
    I study Interior Design so I don’t have to worry only about books, I also have to worry about tools for practical assignments,
    -For students who always need to buy tools (they can be very pricy), I advice them to get the quality ones because they go for a long way especially colors, But always compare.. go for different shops and compare the prices (The shop at my university is really expensive!), don’t go to the, Also once you find a good shop buy your tools frequently from there and let people who work there always recognize you, then you will start getting really good discounts.
    -If your major requires you to learn some computer applications start learning them early like a semester ahead, you can make some tuition sessions for your colleagues and make some extra money
    -Never buy a software for full price, A lot of companies offer some great discounts on softwares, sometimes you can get them for free !
    -replace your starbucks latte with green, black tea and cafè Americano ( better for wallet and health)
    – If you have some really good quality art brushes and you don’t use them anymore, you can actually use them for eye makeup! It works for me!

  24. Katie

    I rented ALL of my textbooks this year. Its cheaper than buying used plus most of the books you rent are in VERY good condition because of the stipulations put on them. The only down side is that you can’t highlight or mark in your book. That can get a little annoying but its all worth it in the end. I got 13 textbooks for $247. I saved over 30% if i had bought them used!

  25. Morgan

    Renting textbooks was by far my biggest money saver! is incredible and has a huge range of books. They even let you highlight and write in your books. Also, for every book you rent, Chegg plants a tree! Just save the box they send you the textbook in, you can re-use it to mail the book back. They even pay for return shipping :)

  26. Michelle

    Thank you Christine!! I’m starting college in a few weeks (wish me luck), so I’m bookmarking this article.

  27. Amanda

    Thank you for posting this! I can’t tell you how many videos I have watched by “beauty gurus” on youtube that give the most ridiculous, unrealistic advice for college students. I feel like youtube personalities, or anyone that has a following in general has a responsibility to be honest with their subscribers… not just pimp products that they are getting paid to promote. This article is well written and helpful. I am starting my third year in grad school (seventh consecutive year of college) and kudos for you for writing such a good and realistic article! Thanks!

  28. julia

    This is good advice for everyone not just college students! (minus the textbook part). CC debt accrued during college can screw you over big time loooong after graduation.

  29. Rosalinda

    Another tip on the textbooks that I would suggest is to find out if you actually NEED the book for class before you go out and buy all the “required” textbooks. Unfortunately I didn’t start doing this until my last 2 years of college. A lot of the time professors list several required tests, but they hardly reference them in class.
    If there is a school site to rate professors or if you know people who have taken the class before talk to them. It definitely saved me a load of money!

  30. Veronica

    Craiglist! I buy and sell most of my textbooks on CL. You’re able to search in your local area and usually sellers(former/current students) don’t mind meeting you on campus or at a shopping center. When I’m selling used textbooks I see how much the campus bookstore is selling it for and list mine for $10 less (plus it’s tax free so the buyer saves more). Another tip would be to find out if your old instructor is using your book again for the current semester. My past teachers have let me list my contact info on the board during the first few days of class. I always sell my books quick enough to put the $$$ towards the cost of books that I’ll be needing. I totally agree w/ Christine about checking w/ your professor regarding using an older edition textbook. When I was a newbie in college I paid for a brand new Anatomy book ($200!) only to find that my classmate next to me had a text that was 4 editions before mine ($50), the books were nearly identical.

    Another tip is PARKING. I save money by not parking in the student lot. But if you have to park in the student lot buy a permit, do NOT do what I’ve done before and assume that you won’t get caught if you don’t purchase a permit/day ticket and park in the lot anyway. One parking ticket is at least double the cost of a parking permit. And they will catch you!

  31. Char

    For the math/science majors: Wait until the course syllabi are out! Your school website may say that this course and that course “requires” all these textbooks, but a lot of times I barely look through ’em.

    Some things to consider:

    – Are there problem sets assigned from the textbook? Is the professor going to post additional problems online? Use your judgment – if the additional problems cover the majority of the class lectures, then chances are, you probably wouldn’t even touch the book. And if your professor posts up all of his/her past exams, then you’ll have plenty of practice anyway. If you don’t have to turn in homework, then older editions should be fine, or else rely on Google to search up problems related to your studying.

    – Unless you’re seriously struggling in the class or the professor only assigns book problems with no other supplementary material, don’t get the solutions manual! That’s extra $$$$$ right there, and I’m pretty sure if you typed the question into Google, you’ll be able to find the answer. And if you’re more traditional, just go to office hours; it doesn’t hurt to build a good relationship with your TA/professor anyway! =P

    – Does your school have textbook reserves? Meaning, you’re able to check out the textbook for a few hours in the library if you really don’t/can’t buy your books – it should help force you to study anyway since you’re limited on time, hahaha.

    – What is your school’s policy on book returns? Ok, this is something that I personally wouldn’t do, but I have friends who do it… Some professors might have open-notes open-book exams, where the book might have a bajillion formulas on several pages. At my school, you can only return the book within 24 hours if you buy it mid-semester. So then they would buy the used books, take it to a computer lab, scan all the pages that they’ll need, and return the book.

    – Absolutely need to buy a new textbook (i.e. latest edition, professor said many problems are different than the previous editions, etc.)?? Then take VERY good care of it! The newer it looks, the higher you can charge when you’re done with it.

  32. nessa

    i love these back to school tips even though i’m done with school, it’s usefull!

  33. Thank you for this. I’m favouriting it along with a bunch of other college prep things to use in a year when I’m all graduated from high school. :)

  34. Miss Mercurial


    Other ideas that work for me:

    1. Find drugstore dupes.
    I’m driven by the impulse to have a broad spectrum of colors or by being infatuated with a certain color – e.g. right now I’m really digging russet/orange and navy/sapphire eye shadows (not together, lol) – so brand matters less to me than color/payoff.

    2. Buy indie.
    Not only do you support small businesses, but you can buy samples at many of them. I know that I’ll never have to feel guilty for wanting to buy new things even while I still have a bunch of stuff; with samples, I satisfy that lemming without cluttering my stash with something I might end up getting bored with later.

    3. Join points/rewards programs @ places you shop often enough to make such membership usueful. Bonus: lots of them are free.

    4. When in doubt, do without: wait a certain amount of time before you commit to buying something.
    A lot of the time, I’ll walk away from something I’m thinking about purchasing and then end up forgetting about said item – proving that it was less important to me than I thought it was at the time. If I find myself thinking about said item later on, I know that I’ll get a lot of satisfaction from buying it & that it’s something I really want.

    5. For nail polish lovers like me: try frankening. It’s fun and cost-effective. I satisfied my “Waking Up in Vegas” (Lippman) lemming by mixing two nail polishes I already had, which not only uses up some of the other polishes mixed together (few women ever finish bottles of polish, and I’m one of them) but lowers the cost per bottle/color as well.

    Personally the most effective of what I’ve listed here. If I’m considering buying some cosmetic, I open up my stash spreadsheet & double-check that I don’t have anything remotely similar to the item in question. Also good for helping visualize just how much stuff you really have/own.

    7. Set a limit.
    My limit is that I will not have more polishes than can fit in my designated space for them (about the size of a shoebox). If it starts getting crowded, I know I need to revisit the stash and/or cut back on spending. Specific numbers (e.g. five blushes total in my stash maximum) also works.

    8. Set a goal to curb impulse buys.
    This has saved me a bunch – I’ve been tempted to buy some polishes that caught my eye at the drugstore, but remembering that I really want the Korres set at Sephora makes me put the bottles back.

    9. Splurge when it’s worthwhile.
    This makes it such that I don’t feel deprived (e.g. I don’t feel like I’m “poor” because I buy mostly drugstore products), plus it makes that purchase all the more special. Bonus: make each splurge a reward for completing a milestone/task (getting an A, turning in a paper early, losing x pounds, etc.).

    10. Tell someone else about your goals/what you want to get.
    Being held accountable to someone else works for some people. I don’t find it all that useful with saving money, but it does help me with prioritizing (e.g. If I tell someone I have a project to get done before I’ll be free to hang out, I’m more motivated to get it done).

  35. Jazz

    1) Avoid the convenience store – you will pay more for those late night snacks than if you had just went to Target

    2) My school offers an unlimited bus/subway pass. If that option is available, use that instead of driving to campus everyday. Plus , this way you save on gas and gain an extra few minutes to sleep , study whatever.

    3) Carry your student ID at all times- Im a big fan of discounts because Im a student.

    4) !

    5) You dont have to have every hoodie the bookstore sells.

    6) Carry your own lunch, and drinks. I bring 2 bottles of water with me in the morning , which ensures that I get a lot of water. Making your own coffee is way cheaper than buying a cup everyday – which is easy to do especially if there is a Caribou/Starbucks/Dunkin Donuts on campus. Making your own lunch ensures that you will like what you cook and you can monitor portion sizes. Be creative!

  36. Well, I’m still in high school but given that somehow, my school calls itself XXX College, at some point, I’m a college student too. LOL
    I have a weird money-saving tip but I find very useful. Whenever I want something more pricey, I tend to wait for a while, like a week(minimum), a month or even more(it usually depends on how much it is), to see if I really need it or want it. And I find that I saved quite a lot of money by doing this.
    But of course, this is more for non-necesary spends, like clothes, shoes, another lipstick, a hardcover novel…

  37. Sarah C.

    My Tip is to check out the events with Student Life, some colleges have events from time to time where they’ll feed you for free! Also, some schools give out stuff at the beginning of each semester (I got a T-Shirt, pens, a notebook, and a fancy starbucks-like drink cup to carry my drinks in during the day…all for free just for attending an event with free lunch!)

  38. Brandi

    I agree textbooks are the biggest wallet drainers ever! These books are so expensive and what makes it worse is that you hardly use them!

  39. I’ll print this! is there a similar similar money-saving tips for makeup :)
    Thanks Christine!

  40. Meheen

    Unfortunately as an art student saving money can be extremely difficult. Student grade paints are often not good enough quality to even complete the assignments well, and if you’re like me and you decide to take Jewelry/metal works, buying silver and brass is expensive! My solution is to really try to skimp everywhere else and order online when I can.
    The campus art store sells paint for $14 a tube, but my favorite online art store sells it for $5 a tube! And it’s even a better quality brand! Bulk canvas from online is a godsend as well, or just learning to stretch my own canvas.
    I swear by for renting books; they send a pack of their pens as well and if you’re good at not losing them, you don’t have to buy writing pens! lol!

    Something I also do is snoop the lost and found a few times over the course of the semester; if an item has been there for MONTHS I just take it and use it; I feel like if it’s been there that long it must not be missed. I’ve gotten jackets and backpacks this way. (I look for items like that, I wouldn’t take iPods or anything more expensive like that.)

  41. Some great tips there – I’ve already emailed this to my daughter who started last month. I don’t think she realises yet how much money she will need to get through a term