Let’s be honest here, it is college, you are going to have a hard time saving. You are going to want to go out with friends, buy new clothes, and grab a coffee and a bagel when you wake up two minutes before class starts. The sooner you admit it to yourself the easier it will be. But you don’t have to dip into your savings account or spend the money you have budgeted elsewhere to splurge every once in awhile. There are actually a lot of ways you can make extra money while in school. Follow these 5 tips and you’ll be on your way in no time.
Get a part-time job
Alright, I know this is pretty obvious, but it is probably the most effective way to earn some extra money in college. Generally, if you schedule your classes before the masses, you should be able to set a schedule that allows you to work before or after school on the weekdays. If that sounds like a little too much to handle during the week, waiting tables on the weekends is a great way to make good money without putting in too many hours. Many colleges also offer on-campus work that will allow you to head from class to work in just a short walk
Download earning apps
There are a ton of apps out there that can help you earn a little extra cash every day. Spare 5 and Surveys on the Go are two that I personally use. The idea behind apps like this is that you spend a short amount of time each day (15-30 minutes) generating 50 cents or so. By the end of the month, you end up making 10-15 bucks. I know it isn’t much, but it takes little to no effort. All you have to do is spend some of your random free-time (free-time you would otherwise spend on facebook or twitter) on one of these apps. It is the ultimate way to earn extra cash without changing your life or schedule in any serious way.
Sell your junk
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: a motto to live by when you’re in college. There are bound to be things in your closet and lying around your room that you don’t use anymore. Take a second and think about it. There are probably a lot of things that you feel some odd affinity for simply because they are yours, but if they were gone you wouldn’t notice at all. Try to make a list of these things and when you are need of a little extra money, see if you can find anyone who is interested in them.
With sites like eBay and Craigslist it is never too hard to find someone willing to buy. If selling via website isn’t for you, join or start a virtual yardsale group in your area via Facebook or have an actual yard sale. No matter how you do it, you should be able to find a home for your things and gain some cash in the process.
Take random jobs
Tutoring, babysitting, mowing grass, raking leaves, shoveling snow, housekeeping, there are people out there who are willing to pay you to do all of these things. Put yourself out there and do a few jobs for people in your area. Once you do a job for someone, they are liekly to come to you when they need it done again (if you do a good job anyway). Since jobs like this are relatively non-commital, they won’t force you to change your schedule or make any huge sacrifices.
If coupon clipping isn’t for you, then sign up for rewards programs at the stores near you. Many grocery stores will ask you to become a “member” of their store for no added cost to you. Generally, becoming a member will give you access to coupons that can be automatically applied at checkout.
There are also certain apps and plugins that can help you with online shopping. Since you can pretty much get anything for a ridiculously cheap price on amazon, these can be crazy beneficial. The one I personally use is called Honey. With one click it automatically applies any relevant coupon codes, sales, or deals to your cart.
Making a few extra bucks has never been easier. With these strategies you won’t have to break the bank to have some fun and treat yourself every once in awhile. Download a few apps, join a few social groups, save a few coupons; it is as simple as that.
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