Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A College Kid's Guide to Saving Cash: Entertainment

Whether you’re entering your final year of university (we are!) or finally getting into your own apartment, here are some money-saving tips so you don’t have to eat ramen noodles every day because you’re a broke mofo. 

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We've discussed food, booze, fashion and beauty. What’s next, you ask? Entertainment. As most almost grads know you typically don’t get much of a social life, especially if you’re spending your final two semesters working on your senior thesis and tying up loose ends before graduation. But, on the off chance you have a little spare time, finding something social (and cheap) is always great.
  • Local discounts: Growing up, we had this coupon book we called the hockey book because only hockey teams sold it. It was filled with local discounts on everything from paintball to free food. You paid $10 and got saving worth hundreds. Fast forward and in the D we still have this same concept except it’s free and can be picked around campus. The local discount book offers everything from cash off yoga classes to food.
  • Groupon: I just recently jumped on the Groupon bandwagon but it’s a great way to save on everything! Bartending classes, scuba-diving lessons, new restaurants, yoga classes and those are just the things I've recently looked into Groupons for. Setup an account and your preferences for Groupons matching your interests. 
  • Free: Everyone’s favorite four-letter F word! Free is your best friend and if you live in a city there’s always some type of free event happening that you can check out. A great way to find them is look at local radio station (they host a ton of free events) websites or your city’s Patch site.
  • Bowling: Bowling is one of the cheapest activities you can do and it’s a fun! Keep in mind, having the max people allowed to a lane gives you more bang for your buck. Try it out for your next group outing.
  • Student ID: You've already carried this bad boy around your entire collegiate life. Have you wondered benefits it has other than on-campus parking, checking out library books and allowing you to eat in the campus cafeterias? Just out your school’s website; odds are you’ll find a list of local businesses that offer discounts on everything hotel rooms to hair cuts. All you have to do is show them your school ID.
How do you save cash and have fun?

Until next time, kiddies...

- J

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