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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 3:00 pm

Q: I’m a college student. My mom uses coupons and keeps telling me I could save money. I’m on the meal plan, so I don’t really need groceries. Do you have any tips on saving money geared for college students?

A: Sure, there are many different money saving resources out there for a college student. Believe it or not, you can even earn free gift cards or cash back by doing things you are most likely already doing, such as searching or shopping online. Here are a couple of easy ways to save.


Drug Stores

One of the “tricks” to saving money is to target the items that cost you the most. For a female college student these are often found on the health and beauty aisle. Drug stores are a great place to shop if you want to find the products you love at a price you can afford or even free. We do the work for you by posting the weekly drug store deals along with matching coupons each week on

You can find make-up, hair products, razors, toothpaste, shaving cream and even some select food items. These are small savings but they can add up to a big difference.



Every college student has to do research. In this day and age doing research means searching the Internet. Install a Swagbucks toolbar on your computer and begin collecting virtual dollars that you can then turn into real gift cards for Amazon, Starbucks and various restaurants. Swagbucks is perfect because it rewards you for doing what you already do, surf the Internet. I’ve been using it for years and have earned gift cards to Southwest Airlines, Amazon, and Target to name a few. Enter code TIME2SAVE the first time you log-in.



If you are making a purchase online then should always be your first stop. offers cash back on purchases from just about every retailer. All you have to do is create an account, find the store you are looking for and shop. Your cash back percentage will be deposited in your Ebates account and you will get a check at the end of every quarter depending on how much you shop. You’ll even get a $5 welcome bonus just for signing up.


Eating Out

Even with a meal plan, most college students still enjoy eating out from time to time. If you take a few minutes to check your favorite restaurants websites and sign up for their savings club or newsletter you’ll start receiving great coupons via email for discounts or even free products.


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