College. Is. Expensive. From tuition to room and board to books, it’s hard to find places to save money.
That’s why you should tell every college student you know to check out these 3 free things every college student should take advantage of. Every penny counts and it’s all about making sure you get through college with less debt.
3 Freebies Every College Student Should Know About
1. A free copy of You Need a Budget (YNAB).
You like money? Then keep more of it with this awesome budgeting software. YNAB normally costs $60 (or $54 if you use my link), but it is FREE to college students. This software helps you track your spending and help you control your finances by allowing you to map out exactly where every dollar you make goes. Unlike other budgeting software, you don’t have to give up personal account numbers or passwords. And the software syncs across your devices, so you can update it on your smartphone or sit down to work on your budget on your laptop.
The free budgeting courses are great for beginners and there is plenty of help in the community forums. I’ve been using YNAB for a few years and it’s worth every penny. But it would be even better to get it for free, and you can do that as a college student.
2. A free 6-month subscription to Amazon Student.
There will be times during the school year that you will need things. There will be times when you will want to buy things. Why not take advantage of Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping?
Sign up for a free 6-month subscription to Amazon Student and you’ll get free two-day shipping on thousands of items, which is great if you’re looking for a good deal on a textbook for that class you added at the last minute. (And Amazon Student members can get 10 percent off most book purchases.)
The ability to shop online at your convenience is perfect for busy college students – especially for those without their own set of wheels. And it’s a lot easier to stick to your shopping list and budget when you’re not shopping with friends at a mall.
Amazon Student also provides you with unlimited photo storage which makes it easy to back up your favorite pics of your college memories.
In addition, Amazon Student members get access to special discounts, promotions, giveaways and sweepstakes.
Take advantage of Amazon’s deals by signing up for Swagbucks, where you earn points that can be turned into FREE Amazon gift cards. Then you can shop your little heart out and get it shipped fast and all for free.
Get your college friends to sign up for Amazon Student using your link and you can earn $10 for every sign up.
Once the free 6-month trial is up, your Amazon Student subscription will continue for just $49 a year (which is half the price of Amazon Prime) and you’ll gain access to all of the other benefits of Amazon Prime like free instant videos, free instant music streaming, and the Kindle Lending Library. This is a great way to significantly cut your entertainment costs.
3. Free food and entertainment.
Pay attention to what’s going on around campus. Watch your inbox, read the campus newspaper, check out the posters, and keep your ears open. Nearly every week you will find opportunities for free food or entertainment, and all you have to do is show up. Take advantage of them.
Money you save on food and fun is money you can put toward next semester’s tuition. Plus, you’ll get a chance to meet some fabulous new people who could become lifelong allies in your quest for world domination.
These are just some of the fabulous free things available to college students. Take advantage of them and you’ll be able to enjoy college life for less.
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