Thursday, September 6, 2012

My First Giveaway!

I know a lot of you are now back at school trying to get into the swing of things again or for some of you, just trying to get used to college all together. 

Besides the school work, one of the hardest things to get adjusted to in college is $$$. You're now on your own, and for most of us, we never learned how to budget. 

As a freshman, I was AWFUL with my money. Definitely overdrew my new checking account a few times (come on now, we've all been there... a $5 bagel becomes a $40 bagel due to an overdraft fee), buying your own groceries, going out with friends, learning how that refund check you get really isn't your money but part of your loan that you'll have to pay back one day (uhmm like I'm doing right now), 

So I'm here to tell you a few secrets I picked up while in college that can hopefully help you save some money:

1.) Figure out places that give student discounts. There are several great clothing stores (J. Crew!), movie theaters, even restaurants that give great student discounts. Some places also have certain days when things are offered cheaper! Just do some research, it'll pay off.

2.) Well this goes back to me over drafting my bank account haha... get overdraft protection. I know you think you'll keep up with it, but it's hard. Even if you're really good checking your account online, their may be a check floating around that might be cashed when you least expect it. Between my sorority and clubs I joined, there was a quite a bit of those that would throw me off.  (I once had a check for $60 get cashed 3 months after I wrote it!)

3.) "Do I really need this?" This is a question you should constantly ask yourself when shopping. Yeah, you can make excuses that you really need this new dress for such-an-such, but do you really? If you did join a sorority or any organization where there are some things you have to dress up for, borrow clothes! I can't tell you how many sorority sisters' dresses I borrowed for luncheons, formals, etc. Just make sure to return it in better condition than when you borrowed it. Paying a $5 dry cleaning fee is a whole lot cheaper than buying a new dress you'll only wear a few times. 

4.) It's ok to go out to eat, but only on occasions. This one can be tricky, but the truth is going out to eat all the time gets pricey and if you're one of those people who has to have Starbucks every morning, you'd be surprised at how much money you are literally throwing down the drain. I'd only buy that $5 cup of coffee if it's finals week and come on, you deserve to treat yourself!

but one of the biggest things that can burn a hole in your pocket is college books! Some of these books cost up to $200 dollars new and even used books can cost quite a large amount of money. The worst part is when you try and sell them back and they 1.) only give you about $20 dollars for that book you bought for $200 or 2.) they don't buy it back at all! 

5.) If you want to buy your books go ONLINE!  You can find gently used books super cheap on sites like amazon and ebay. When you finalize your class list, get the barcodes and title for your books and search away. BUT if you don't want to have to worry about selling them back, RENT you books! I started doing this my last few years of college and it saved me so much money! A great site to use is http://www.campusbookrentals.comThey have practically any book you could ever need for great prices!

If you're wondering if this really is the cheapest route and worth it, here's an example of a book I used for my favorite class in college :) I probably would have spent close to $80 dollars on this book...USED!!! But to rent it for a semester only costs $15! You can't beat that! Especially considering if you were unable to sell it back. 

Now, for the exciting part, Campus Books is willing to give one of my readers a $50 Coupon to use on their site! As you can see, $50 could probably rent you most, if not all of your books for one semester!

To win this Green Saving GIVEAWAY...

All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment about a green saving tip you use on this post! 

Easy peasy. I'll draw out a winner Monday! 

Have a great Thursday!



  1. I'm a follower! And I agree, college books add up quickly. A savings tip is to use if you are going to go out to eat.

  2. I'm a follower! I always get stuck buying books from the bookstore because I'm a literature major - I HAVE to have the editions that the professor recommends. :(

    For a green saving tip - I like to do this when I do need a new dress/something that I won't wear too often - EBAY. If I'm looking to buy a specific item that might be a little pricey (such as a dress), I always scour Ebay first. I've got some really great deals (a Lilly dress, gently worn, for $26!), and saved money on items that I may not necessarily "need" but are useful (for my closet...haha).

  3. One of my best tips is old school, but I love clipping coupons! I do it while I make my grocery list so that I know what is on sale. Also, my boyfriend and I try to use a coupon every time we go out on a date in order to make sure that we aren't spending too much.

  4. I used that book for my pr class last semester. is the way to go. :)

  5. Funny funny :) I wrote a post on my blog about back to school... Called "back in the swing of things"

    My tip is to use coupons and an e reader, you can not only get a super slim book stacks but you can get discounted books.

  6. My tip is to keep track of your spending on an excel spreadsheet. It seems like a lot of work, but once you get into the swing of things and do it all the time, it's amazing what you notice! I was buying coffee every day before class and realized I could save so much money by making it myself or buying the refrigerated iced coffee! It also helps you stay on budget and ends up saving you more money than you think!

  7. I am a die-hard coupon clipper! I get them out of the newspaper as well as print offline! You would be absolutely amazed how much you will save over time because a lot of stores price match competitors coupons and some double!!


  8. I'm a follower and I'm still in college. This is my last year so YEAH! But i've definetly over drafted a lot! But I've found that shopping at local thrift stores is a great way to save. I also ask my professors if I can use previous editions of the book required and you save so much more.

  9. I am a follower - my tip is to try and use BOGO coupons at restaurants etc and take a friend and share the meal-and then split the bill, you will gets tons of food for the price of one meal. I do it all the time.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com


Thank you for all your sweet comments! It really brightens my day :)