1. Make it meatless
This tip will make you wealthier and healthier at the same time. Because fruits and vegetables are significantly cheaper than your average piece of meat, embracing a vegetarian lifestyle every once in a while is a great way to cut back on the cost of food. Luckily, there is a wide variety of meatless options, such as a vegetarian bowl from Chipotle or a veggie sub from Subway. Both choices will leave your stomach and your wallet feeling satisfied.
2. Swap clothes with your roommates
College is the quintessential setting to rummage through your friends’ closets and find a fashionable outfit for Friday night. This year, skip the trip to the mall and rely on your stylish pals to set you up with a new and improved wardrobe. Being able to mix and match outfits with others will bestow the pleasure of shopping in the comfort of your own home. Not only will you save money doing so, but you’ll also find that the time you spend getting ready just got much more exciting.
3. Put it in the freezer
Typically home to ice trays and frozen TV dinners, the freezer is a unique way to preserve the lifespan of household items, such as batteries, candles and booze. Putting batteries in the freezer helps them to retain their charge for a longer amount of time, essentially allowing you to buy fewer batteries throughout the year. Furthermore, wax candles will burn longer after being in the freezer, and booze will taste better after being chilled. It really is a win-win situation.
4. Unplug everything
Because we’re known as the generation that’s “plugged in,” it’s important to unplug not only for our mental health, but also for our quest to save money. Get in the habit of unplugging everything and anything when you’re not using it, such as televisions, chargers, toasters and more. Even if the device is turned off, the electricity being used will still cost you a considerable amount of money that doesn’t need to be spent.
5. Go on a saving spree
Yes, you heard me. Not a shopping spree, but a saving spree is the perfect way to bank a substantial amount of money. Because splurging on useless items is natural behavior in college, it’s important to set aside a day or two when you won’t whip out your wallet, no matter how badly you need that slice of pizza from Prime Time. Once your saving spree comes to an end, one look at your bank account will inspire you to save more.