As a college student, your financial struggles don’t set you apart from the rest. Most people at your age don’t earn enough money to enjoy a luxurious shopping experience. You might not have access to the best in fashion or high-end electronics, but it’s still possible to shop smart and find deals. Here are some smart shopping tips if you are a broke college student.
Sign Up for Rewards Programs
You can do this via email or at a store that offers rewards. If you use them enough, you might get good coupons or even something for free. You might even get a cool birthday gift. Many rewards programs work by purchasing a few items within a certain time period, and getting at least one for free; they don’t even have to be on sale!
Think of the Fashion Seasons
About halfway through each season, clothing for that season often goes on sale. Winter clothes tend to be discounted later in January, and even more so later on. Sometimes you can buy super cheap winter clothes in the spring, or bathing suits and bikinis in the fall. Keep your mind open and it won’t matter how broke you are. The same items may be within reach.
Shop at a Thrift Store
Those $50 t-shirts may be a fraction of the cost at a thrift store if you have the patience to look. You may end up spending $10 or less. A funny graphic t-shirt, such as a don’t be a richard shirt, can be easily found and you don’t have to spend any more time looking for it than in a comparatively expensive department store.
If there’s no reason to get a more expensive item, when a more affordable one will do, then go cheaper. Your wallet will thank you. Set your laptop to run energy efficient, so an expensive battery isn’t needed and you’ll be able to use the device all day. The more substitutions you can find, the less you will spend, and the less you have to worry about being broke.
It doesn’t have to be a specialty store, mall, or specific website you know. Look around to see if someone is selling what you need. Garage sales often feature useful items, and when people move they may sell off goods that could be of use to you. The real benefit comes with things like dishes, canning jars, and other items you might not need immediately but could be of use later. Also, consider buying items in bulk, which may yield more product at a more reasonable price, in which case shopping smart is a benefit because you have more despite not being a rich college student.