10+ Hacks Perfect For Broke Students

As school is just around the corner, students are already scrambling to figure out how they're going to survive for the rest of the year. School supplies, meals, and lodging can get very expensive so if there are ways to save money you should be all over it.

No worries though, I've got you covered. Just read up on how below.

1. Buy In Bulk

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It doesn't take a genius to figure out that when you buy packaged stuff you'll pay a premium for anything, so just buy things in bulk.

2. Don't Grocery Shop When Hungry

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You might have heard this one before but it's true when you shop hungry you'll tend to pick up more stuff especially snacks.

3. Go Grocery Shopping At Night

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Did you know that lots of grocery stores have deals on prepared food at the end of the night? Um, hello discount!

4. Never Buy New Books

Many schools have bookstores that let you return your old books for percentage refund and you can also buy used books there, too. Don't forget that Kijiji, Amazon, and the library are also great options.

5. Start Saving Those Coins

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Those loose coins can be so annoying and bulky in your wallet, so instead, start a savings jar and watch that loose change add up.

6. Ask For Student Discount

Whenever you shop don't forget to ask if they have a student discount because, as it turns out, a lot of places do.

7. Shop End Of Season Sales

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You wouldn't want to shop for a winter coat in winter when prices are inflated, but at the end of the season, there are savings galore.

8. Buy Travel-Sized Makeup

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Most makeup goes bad before you get to use it all up so buy travel-sized mascara and save money instead. This is totally genius.

9. Invest In A Slow-Cooker

There are many meals you can make in a slow cooker that will last a long time. Just batch cook and freeze it for later.

10. Bring Your Tupperware To The School Cafeteria

If you're tired of the meals served at the cafeteria just get some veggies you can bring back to cook with.

11. Offer Services On Fiverr

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Are you good at math or do you have any special skills? Set up an account on Fiverr and make some extra money that way.

12. Go To Campus Events

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Usually campus events will also offer free food so if you're low on cash and hungry hit them up and also make new friends.

13. Download Discount Apps

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There are many apps that will give you discounts to many retailers. Just sign up and watch the savings add up. You've got nothing to lose.

14. Buy No-Name Instead Of Brands


Did you know there are so many no-name items that are exactly like a branded product? So just buy them instead and save some coin.

15. Use Public Transit

Yes it's cool to have a car when you're in school but parking, gas, and maintenance is expensive. So ditch it for public transportation instead.

17. Stock Up On Gift Cards

I know it's tempting to spend that gift card ASAP but if you stock them up you'll be glad when you really need it.

16. Ask Stores For Hangers

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Stores usually have an abundance of extra hangers that they might throw away so ask and they might give them to you instead.

19. Cut Down On Eating Meat

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In case you didn't realize, meat is really expensive. So stock up on veggies and plant-based proteins, and make a few veggie meals per week to save.

18. Hit Up Mom For Home-Cooked Food

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This is the oldest trick in the book. Go visit mom and she'll give you plenty of food you can freeze for later.

21. Sell Old Clothes On Poshmark

Who doesn't want to get a new wardrobe once in a while? Right? You can sell your old stuff on Poshmark for extra money.

20. Apply For Scholarships

School life can be so expensive but there are a ton of scholarships available out there. Apply for as many of them as you can.

22. If You're Running Low On Spoons, Just DIY One

this is a money-saving hack, but also one to keep in mind if you're forgetful from time to time. You can use the foil lid from your snack to make a DIY spoon.

23. Fix Things!

Fixing small tears or holes in your clothes will save you a ton of money in the long-run. It's also a great excuse to test out your DIY skills.

See it's not that hard to find ways to save money as a student.

You just have to think outside the box and be willing to do some planning.