For some students, having a part-time job is too much to handle during the school year. Instead of working during school, we decide to live off of the money we made during our summer jobs. For me, I decided to do that and after spending money on Christmas presents and New Years my budget has become smaller and smaller. However, do not worry! Here are 6 tips on how to budget smartly as a student.
Get to the bookstore early and look for ones with a “used” sticker! These are usually significantly cheaper than new textbooks and can literally save you hundreds of dollars! Also, if you have any extra textbooks lying around at home you can also sell them at school or on sites like textbookrental.com.
Going out for food or buying food on campus can be so easy but instead of spending your whole budget on food, pack meals and snacks! You would be surprised by how much this can save and also how much healthier it is. Also, we all know how fun it is to go out on the weekends but pick certain weekends to go out or set a cash limit for yourself when you go out on Thursday nights to Issac’s!
Many stores and restaurants have special deals for Brock students. Take full advantage of this. For example, with a BUSU VIB card you can get 20% off apparel at Roots and 10% off meals at Sky Bar!
Instead of buying a coffee or tea from Tim Horton’s or Starbucks every day, try getting a $4 combo from GB or taking part in their coffee sleeve program. If you drink coffee everyday there are usually ways to get a free one with different promotions! Make sure to bring a reusable water bottle to campus as well. Water is free and way healthier for you then buying sugary juice or pop.
If you have a credit card, try to pay it off as quickly as possible! It’s good to establish some credit in university but a bad credit score will follow you even after university!
Pay attention to events on campus
Brock always has fun, cheap events for students to go to! Next time you want to go out to an expensive event with friends check out some events that are ran on campus. Brock TV is having their annual Render This Film Festival next Friday and it’s only 5 dollars to attend. Get a group of friends together for a fancy, cheap night.