Ah college, the time of your life when the world is at your fingertips. One of the only drawbacks to this exciting period is the constant sense of being broke and waiting for your dream career to kick off after you complete your studies.
Thankfully, today’s student no longer have to deal with being a “broke college student” all on their own. There are some technology-enabled tools that can help students establish a budget, track their spending, and stick to the plan. Oh and getting some discounts along the way never hurt anybody either. Whether you’re at a four-year university, at a community college, or getting an online education, everyone can use some extra cash in their wallet while they’re a student.
Furthering your education is all about trying new things and getting better at the things you already know, so give some new budgetary tricks a shot.
Let’s take a look at these five helpful money saving tools below:
First things first, Mint is the tool you need to help establish a budget that you’ll be able to stick to throughout the year. This handy little app has proven to be an indispensable tool for students looking to set up an actionable spending plan that takes their personal income and individual expenses into account. The endlessly customizable app lets you break down your monthly spending easily, as it integrates with your accounts for up to the moment information about your accounts and transactions.
When all is said and done, Mint is good with your money, so you don’t have to be. It lets you understand all of your bills in one convenient place, so you always feel in control and never overwhelmed.
One of the biggest complaints of students everywhere is the price of their textbooks. Fortunately, eReaders and tablet devices have made it easier for students to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to their textbooks. For students that still wish to get a physical textbook, Chegg is a great solution.
Chegg lets students locate buy or rent their textbooks for a fraction of traditional textbook prices, up to 90% in some cases. It lets you save your money so you can put it toward things that really matter. The best part? When you’re done with your book, you can sell it back through Chegg.
If you’re a college student, you’re probably cutting back on more than just books. Ebates is a great way to do just that. Online couponing might not be a familiar practice, but it can actually save students a ton of money on their everyday needs. The site lets you shop at all of your favorite retailers, and then kicks back a percentage of your transaction when your checkout. The rebates are usually around 3-5%, so that starts to add up pretty quickly to help you save.
You’re saving money on your textbooks and you’re saving money on your shopping. What else is left? Your communications of course. WhatsApp is great for helping students stay in touch without having to pay SMS fees. Regardless of where your friends and family might be on the globe, you can stay in touch with unlimited images, video and audio messages. It’s a cross platform app that works on everything from iPhones to Blackberries to Androids and Windows Phones. Because really, you shouldn’t need to pay for texting in the year 2014.
This one is a personal favorite. Venmo is the easy way to send and receive mobile payments from your friends. Heading out for drinks after class? You don’t have to bother your bartender about splitting the bill anymore. Venmo lets you easily send that six dollars to your friend instantly and without any significant fees. It’s easy to use, socially linked, and totally secure. It’s every cash-phobic college student’s best friend.
You’ll be rolling in the dough once you check out these five money saving tools for students. So now you can stop worry about your bills and get back to planning your class schedule.
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