Back to School Shopping Without Breaking the Budget

By Helen Trieu
PR Intern, The University Network

Don't you miss those days when back to school meant new books, pens, binders and most importantly, brand new clothes?! Today with the student loan debt skyrocketing to a whopping number two just under mortgage debt as the highest in America, shopping for back to school clothes is definitely the last thing on most college student's minds. But what if it doesn't have to be?

 

Let's be honest, shopping is a necessary (and fun) part of life! One that college students should not have to give up. Here are some ways to save on everyday things so you won't have to:

  1. Make a list before going to the supermarket. (You won't believe how much quicker your trip will be without the sidetracking to the whipped cream aisle when you originally came in for bread.)
  2. Save money on books by buying used or borrowing from the library! Textbooks are expensive, and they come up with a new edition every year with very minimal change. Save yourself the trouble...and the money, you won't need Advanced Calculus after finals are over. (No offense to Calculus lovers!)
  1. Look for Discounts. Many retailers offer discounts to college students or have a sales for back to school, do your research before hitting the mall!
  2. Shop Local. In general local businesses like restaurants and cafe shops, especially ones located around college campuses, do offer a discount to college students. Unfortunately, it won't be something they advertise so the next time you meet a friend for coffee, ask the cashier if they have any special deals and save yourself a quick buck. (Believe me, they add up!)

There are many ways to save on things we are already spending money on, there's no reason to not take advantage of it. Companies such as The University Network (TUN) make saving for college students easy by listing businesses all over the country that offer discounts to college students on their website and free mobile app.

Investing in clothes is more than just buying a shirt or blazer. It's investing in yourself and your future. The shirt that you were able to afford from Ann Taylor because you got it with a student discount while in college may be the one that gives you the confidence to land your first job!

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