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26 Ways To Save Money While Living The Broke College Student Life

Everyone told you college would be so much fun and they even mentioned that you'd be a little broke... you just had no idea HOW broke. But don't worry, we have the money-saving tips you need so you'll be able to have your cake (education) and eat it, too!

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1. Buy things in bulk. You can slowly build up a box of good stuff on Amazon with your roommates and just go crazy with the Oreos if you so please.

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And if you buy too much of an item, you can start a side business selling it to your peers! Work smarter, not harder.

Get these from Amazon: the toilet paper for $29 (for 48 double rolls), and the Tide detergent for $13.10.

2. Start a digital savings account to have a bit of coin for your weekend parties (or food, whatever).

Digit takes a small percentage of all of your purchases and stores it into a virtual savings account which means (GASP), you can actually put away some money when you're in a pinch OR use it for a deposit for your next spring break. The options are literally LIMITLESS.
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Digit takes a small percentage of all of your purchases and stores it into a virtual savings account which means (GASP), you can actually put away some money when you're in a pinch OR use it for a deposit for your next spring break. The options are literally LIMITLESS.

3. Never shop for food when you're hungry — you're just gonna overspend, and the point is to SAVE.

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Listen, we've all been there. You haven't eaten all day, you decide to go grocery shopping, and then you have fifteen bags of Flaming Hot Cheetos instead of the basics to last you until your next burst of cash.

4. Invest in a slow cooker. You can prepare all the ingredients way before and it'll cook to perfection while you're in class listening to the professor going over "just one more point."

Promising review: "It's great for one or two people. I use it at college, and the size is just right for me for a great easy meal and a few portions for leftovers. The crock is tiny, but surprisingly spacious once you actually start loading in food. I like to buy a nice pot roast, put half in the freezer for another week, and then enjoy three meals of leftovers." —NathanGet it from Amazon for $9.99 or Walmart for $9.99.
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Promising review: "It's great for one or two people. I use it at college, and the size is just right for me for a great easy meal and a few portions for leftovers. The crock is tiny, but surprisingly spacious once you actually start loading in food. I like to buy a nice pot roast, put half in the freezer for another week, and then enjoy three meals of leftovers." —Nathan

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 or Walmart for $9.99.

5. Place a couple of nifty lifts on your bed so you'll have extra room for food and off-season clothing. You won't have to go grocery and clothes shopping that often if your winter coat (and those bulk foods) can be obtained in a jiffy.

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Promising review: "These blow my mind. They've added so much storage under our bed. I worried about them being durable enough to withstand our weight but there was no need to worry. Just this past weekend, both my husband and I were on the bed when two of our teenage sons ran and jumped on the bed with us. I didn't even hear a creak from these bed risers. There must have been close to 800 lbs on our bed at that point and these risers held up like champs." —Kelly McHone

Get them from Amazon for $13.99 or a similar set from Walmart for $12.99 (for a set of four).

6. Spice up your living space without spending money on picture frames by using washi tape! It's perfect for any dorm space since it's super easy to remove!

Check out how to make these frames on Design Sponge. Get the washi tape from Amazon for $9.59 or a similar set from Walmart for $9.99.
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Check out how to make these frames on Design Sponge.

Get the washi tape from Amazon for $9.59 or a similar set from Walmart for $9.99.

7. Get creative with your ever-lasting supply of ramen or by remixing a bunch of other microwaveable meals!

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Check out These Quick Ramen Hacks That Will Save Your Busy Weeknights.

Get a 20-pack of top rated spicy ramen from Amazon for $17.34 (for a pack of 20) or Walmart for $3.76 (for a pack of four).

8. Utilize under-bed storage to hold all of your non-perishable groceries (like Ramen noodles or hot cereal).

Promising review: "This is such a useful item — the quality is great — love the locking handles and the fact that it rolls makes it a perfect storage solution. I have this one for under the bed, but since they are stackable, I plan on buying more to use in my attic. They hold so much more than the previous ones that I have owned." —Happily retiredGet it from Walmart for $44.99 (for a set of two).
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Promising review: "This is such a useful item — the quality is great — love the locking handles and the fact that it rolls makes it a perfect storage solution. I have this one for under the bed, but since they are stackable, I plan on buying more to use in my attic. They hold so much more than the previous ones that I have owned." —Happily retired

Get it from Walmart for $44.99 (for a set of two).

9. Plug in a reliable mini fridge so you can store all of your perishable items and ice cream for when you need it. No more buying fast food every time the need to cook strikes.

Promising review: "Very nice-looking little fridge and very quiet. I have it next to my bed for easy access to bottled water, protein shakes, juices, and a few late night snacks. There's a good temperature separation between the freezer and refrigerator compartments. It keeps food items very cold, and again, this fridge is exceptionally quiet!" —Eric P. Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors).
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Promising review: "Very nice-looking little fridge and very quiet. I have it next to my bed for easy access to bottled water, protein shakes, juices, and a few late night snacks. There's a good temperature separation between the freezer and refrigerator compartments. It keeps food items very cold, and again, this fridge is exceptionally quiet!" —Eric P.

Get it from Amazon for $99.99+ (available in three colors).

10. Try out a food steamer, especially for easy-to-make breakfast foods like hardboiled eggs.

Having products to cook food for you is a life-saver when you're living off campus and can't use your meal points! Promising review: "It gets the job done and quickly. I Ike that I can throw the food in it and then walk away to do other things. Steaming is the healthiest way to cook veggies!" —SpedAisdGet it from Amazon for $18.73 or Walmart for $32.49.
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Having products to cook food for you is a life-saver when you're living off campus and can't use your meal points!

Promising review: "It gets the job done and quickly. I Ike that I can throw the food in it and then walk away to do other things. Steaming is the healthiest way to cook veggies!" —SpedAisd

Get it from Amazon for $18.73 or Walmart for $32.49.

11. Don't buy new textbooks if you can help it! Check your books out from the library or try Amazon for used books and rentals.

And you can use sticky note tabs to place notes in them without actually breaking your contract, or if you DID buy textbooks new, you'll be able to sell them back for more cash money.
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And you can use sticky note tabs to place notes in them without actually breaking your contract, or if you DID buy textbooks new, you'll be able to sell them back for more cash money.

12. Stash the extra change you have inside a little safe. All of that LITERAL coin you place on your desk can be kept somewhere to contribute to the monthly booze supply you and your friends have.

Promising review: "Super cute and looks real! I definitely feel comfortable with leaving money and other valuables in it." —Rhiannon rogersGet it from Amazon for $12.95 or Walmart for $13.99.
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Promising review: "Super cute and looks real! I definitely feel comfortable with leaving money and other valuables in it." —Rhiannon rogers

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 or Walmart for $13.99.

13. Always be on the lookout for stores with student discounts. They offer at least 10% off of your order, and as much as 70% off if you're lucky.

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Check out Stores Where You Can Get A Student Discount for all the info!

Get the dress from ASOS for $60 (available in sizes 12–26), and the floral dress from Forever 21 for $15 (available in sizes S–L).

14. Sign up for an Amazon Prime account specifically for students and get free two-day shipping along with access to so many deals.

All you have to do is confirm your student email and you can even sell your old textbooks. That's lit! Students can get Prime for $6.49 a month or $50 a year.
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All you have to do is confirm your student email and you can even sell your old textbooks. That's lit!

Students can get Prime for $6.49 a month or $50 a year.

15. And, on that note, if you're a constant shopper, watch out for sales — especially during the end or the beginning of seasons.

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Check out this page for stores that are having really great deals — it's updated all the time!

Get them from Free People: the tunic for $69.95 (originally $108, available in sizes XS–L and three colors), and the trousers for $29.95 (originally $78, available in sizes 0–12 and two colors).

16. Buy travel-sized mascara instead of the larger version. You're going to have to replace it within three months anyway, so why not save some cash on the back end?

Promising review: "This is the most waterproof mascara I've ever used. It stays put, doesn't flake, doesn't crumble after being in water like others do. I really like the wand on it too because it separates your lashes really well." —BinkyBeautyGet this mini Two Faced Better Than Sex mascara from Sephora for $12.
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Promising review: "This is the most waterproof mascara I've ever used. It stays put, doesn't flake, doesn't crumble after being in water like others do. I really like the wand on it too because it separates your lashes really well." —BinkyBeauty

Get this mini Two Faced Better Than Sex mascara from Sephora for $12.

17. Sell your old duds on Poshmark, because—let's be real—you have too many clothes and it's an easy way to make some cash when you're way too busy to get a job!

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Sometimes you just gotta let go in order to survive.

18. Step foot into your campus library and gym! You'll be able to rent movies and other study materials, plus staying fit doesn't have to cost a fortune — it's all included in your tuition, babe!

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19. Scoop a monthly planner for your ~expenses~. I know it sounds a little too adult for your taste, but once you realize you've been spending, like, fifty bucks on Starbucks each week instead of your main priority (booze, duh), you'll be singing a different tune.

Promising review: "I got it for budget planning! The layout is great and it is super user-friendly." —MomoGet it from Amazon for $6.99.
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Promising review: "I got it for budget planning! The layout is great and it is super user-friendly." —Momo

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

20. Don't buy coffee from the store or the student center! Get yourself a coffee maker or Keurig and continue to love yourself.

Promising review: "I bought this because I was spending too much money at Starbucks and it has already paid for itself. I love how easy it is to use and set up was quick." —travelerjomGet it from Target for $89.99 or Amazon for $99.99 (available in two colors).
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Promising review: "I bought this because I was spending too much money at Starbucks and it has already paid for itself. I love how easy it is to use and set up was quick." —travelerjom

Get it from Target for $89.99 or Amazon for $99.99 (available in two colors).

21. You can ALSO save yourself MORE money by buying a bag of traditional coffee grounds and using a coffee filter compatible with the Keurig of your choice!

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I know, I know, mindblowing information.

Promising review: "An excellent product. It works extremely well in multiple Keurig coffee makers in my office, including the commercial models. The plastic body is sturdy and thicker than other reusable cups. The filter screen is easy to clean in running water and drains completely during brewing without any drips or residue. Very pleased." —Garthamatic

Get it from Target for $12 or Amazon for $14.99, and check out this cool coffee subscription box from Crate Joy for $15 a box.

22. Take advantage of literally anything that's free on campus, even if that means listening to some boring shit for some sandwiches you can wrap up for later.

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The student center is gold, and involve yourself in clubs so you can keep yourself FED (in more ways than one).

23. Try to search for generic versions of items instead of name brand. Yes, the packaging is PRETTIER, but you're actually dishing out more dough for all of that.

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Remember, you're BROKE. You can't have champagne taste with a literal beer budget!

24. Get organized in your dorm room and use any small metal containers to store extra pens and pencils — just attach a magnet and stick em' onto your mini fridge!

Just glue some mini magnets onto a cute tin and bam! Check out more instructions on Tatertots & Jello.
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Just glue some mini magnets onto a cute tin and bam!

Check out more instructions on Tatertots & Jello.

25. Check out Groupon for discounted outings and things to do in your area! I know campus things can sometimes be repetitive, but you don't have to pay full price for a good time!

Check out this New Orleans vacation for $45 a night! That's dirt cheap!
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Check out this New Orleans vacation for $45 a night! That's dirt cheap!

26. And finally, actually go to your classes — I know it's crazy, but you pay for each credit and if you fail, that's money coming out of YOUR pocket or your PARENTS' pockets. Not a good look, boo.

What's the point of saving money if you don't graduate?!
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What's the point of saving money if you don't graduate?!

All this advice got you feeling like:

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