Three Ways to Save (And Still Have a Life)

Feel like you have a million expenses? Find ways to stretch your funds by making the most of what you've got.
 

Seek and you shall find - discounts

Student discounts are everywhere. Don't wait until you're out of school to realize how many special discounts you could have had. You can:

  • Sign up for an ISIC card (International Student Identity Card available at Travelcuts or any travel agency) to get deals on everything from train tickets to food and entertainment
  • Many organizations and services offer student rates so, even when you don't see "student deals!" advertised, it's always worth asking
  • A good place to start is at your bank, like at CIBC, where you may qualify for the CIBC Advantage® for Students
     

Look into your school services

In September, you may feel really overwhelmed but, as the year progresses, you can take the time to uncover the many available social, recreational and academic resources. You can look at:

  • Health insurance that includes some of the coverage you need, like a dental plan or prescription coverage
  • Athletic fees in your tuition may allow you to use the school gym at a lower price or completely free; aerobics or other classes are often cheaper than going to a gym outside of school
  • If you don't use some services, you may be eligible for a refund; contact your student association or student union, look in your student handbook or check your school's website for more information
     

Try the recycled route

Three cheers for used-book stores! OK, maybe they're not that exciting. But, seriously, what beats a sweet deal like a $50 price tag on a $100 textbook? You can:

  • See if there is a used bookstore on campus; or head off campus and dig through local independent used bookstores
  • Try searching online for used books on sites like eBay, Amazon, chapters.indigo, Powells, Craigslist, Adpost.com
     

Benefits of bargain hunting

Saving money doesn't have to come at the expense of living your life. By taking a little time, you can trim some expenses and have more money for the stuff that's really important to you.


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