Summer Savings for College Students and Beyond
Even though extra cash is as scarce as a student on campus in July, it doesn’t mean you can’t save and have fun this summer. We’re not talking ramen noodles and Candy Crush either – we’re talking real fun and real savings. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Have a Movie Night. Once to add ticket prices (plus 3-D), popcorn, soda, candy and fuel, a typical movie night at the theater can cost up to $30. Rent or stream a film at home, have some friends over, pop some popcorn and sit back and enjoy the fact that you just saved about $25!
- Eat at Home. Another reason to stay at home with friends? You could easily spend $40 each going out to dinner or spend a total of $40 to have a bunch of friends over for dinner. And don’t worry if you’re not Rachel Ray or Wolfgang Puck, your friends will be happy to have a spaghetti dinner or burgers on the grill. Have everyone bring something to make the evening even more fun and more affordable!
- Use Your Student ID. Whether you’re an undergrad or going to grad school, your student ID can help you save in more places than you’d think. Many movie theaters and other local entertainment venues and museums offer student discounts. Being a student can also help you save when you shop at retailers like Apple, Banana Republic, Topshop and more. Check out a list of retailers here.
- Vacation on the Cheap. Planning a staycation is one of the most affordable ways to go. If you want to hit the roads, there are affordable options like youth hostels or rent a room/home with sites like homeaway.com, airbnb.com or even couchsurfing.com. Or you might want to look up your old roommate who moved somewhere fabulous like New York, Florida or California and see if you could crash at their place.
- Go Camping. Another cheap vacation option is camping. This is your chance to get some fresh air, exercise and to become one with nature. Not to mention that camping will give you a chance to get away from it all without spending a fortune. Check out local county or state campgrounds or those from Kampgrounds of America to see what your options are.
- Free Tunes. What’s a road trip without good music? No need to pay for digital downloads for songs you may not like come the fall. Websites like Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, Jango or Grooveshark let you stream live music for free.
Summer will be over before you know it. Make sure you pack as much affordable fun into it that you can and make it a summer to remember.