Travel by long-distance bus? Of course. Subletting a room with AirBnB? Does nevertheless everyone. Conclude student subscription? Turlich. At university, the best money-saving tips are absorbed like a baby absorbs its mother’s milk. That’s why we’re going one step further and presenting you with the 14 best tips for real savings nerds – sorted from light to hardcore. Try it out!
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Savings tip 1: Google coupons
Shopping in online stores is now as common as going to the bakery. Perfume, protein shakes, mattresses, smartphones, burgers, sushi – everything is available online, and a lot of it is cheaper. With voucher codes, you can deduct one or two euros from the purchase price. But finding them is time-consuming.
Do a quick check for coupons before every purchase – if you develop an automatism from this, you can save time AND money. Portals like vouchers.de or voucher collector.de offer themselves. Vouchers are also available for airline tickets, singles exchanges and DSL contracts.
Saving tip 2: Drink tap water
Plastic bottles pollute the oceans and are also completely unnecessary. The Federal Environment Agency confirmed only in February 2017 that the drinking water quality in Germany is very good. And Stiftung Warentest even came to the conclusion in 2016 that Water from the tap contains more minerals and less chemical residues than packaged mineral water.
So it’s a no-brainer: keep the oceans clean, stop hauling boxes and save money at the same time.
Savings tip 3: Collect stamp cards
Anyone can collect Payback points. For data protectionists, the purchase card is a nightmare anyway. The savings effect is also small. For example, you first have to go shopping at Rewe for 200 euros to be able to redeem a shopping voucher worth one euro with the payback points you collect in the process.
Now there are also bonus cards at the bakery, hairdresser, tailor, pizza service, restaurant, cafe, solarium, nail salon … For regular customers they are quite useful. Attention: The stamp card madness is worthwhile however only, if you can not be tempted to buy more than normal. Otherwise it becomes a minus business.
Saving tip 4: Grow vegetables
Another tip with the predicate ‘ecologically valuable’: The Shared balcony or community garden plant with vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, strawberries, blueberries – everything can, nothing must. Optimal: a balcony with southern orientation.
Alternatives: Urban gardening in the city or the campus garden at the university. Is first organic and second cheap. Extra saving tip: Collect the water for the plants in a rain barrel.
Saving tip 5: Change electricity provider
Even the electricity can be expensive if you do not inform yourself properly. Before you change the current offerer, you should however in any case even pay attention to your electricity consumption. If you use, for example, multi-plugs, you can already save by switching them off regularly when the devices are not in use. Take appliances off power instead of leaving them in stand-by mode. Use, if possible, the energy-saving mode.
If you already do all this and your electricity tariff is still very expensive, it is definitely worth considering a switch. If you want to be environmentally friendly, there are even some suppliers who offer Green electricity at low rates offer.
Saving tip 6: Combine seminars
The university is neither a pony court nor a wishful thinking concert. If the important lecture on corporate law takes place on Friday at 4 p.m., you’ll have to bow to the inconvenient time willy-nilly. But: If you schedule your lectures and seminars in such a way that you only have to commute to the university two or three times a week, you will study more cheaply. In the later semesters the workload can be reduced to one day per week.
Monetary advantage: At home you don’t need money for canteen food, petrol, Coffee, Tea or chocolate bar – for all those (impulse) purchases you make on the road.
Saving tip 7: Get free financial tips
There are many ways you can get more financial tips for free. Here not only Google is your friend, you can also ask friends and family if they can give you more tips. If that doesn’t work out, there is still the option of, free of charge a financial seminar to occupy!
Saving tip 8: Buying (almost) expired foodstuffs
Who Container is too crass and unappetizing: The (almost) expired food you can also simply buy. In Berlin there should soon even be the right store for it. Three young founders want to sell expired and surplus food from an outlet – up to 70 percent cheaper. They have already collected the necessary small change via a crowdfunding campaign. Name of the project: SirPlus.
Until then it is called: Look for discount stickers in the supermarket. Often, foods with a short shelf life are 30 percent or 50 percent cheaper. And even after the purchase do not interpret the best-before date as an expiration date. Most foods last much longer.
Saving tip 9: Learn to crochet
Grandma’s handicrafts have long since gone out of fashion. Is that progress? Definitely no. Cap, blanket, scarf or bag – which is great for crocheting or knitting in the train or between lectures. This saves the trip to the fashion chain or the Second-hand store – and thus cash money. And it should also be meditative. And if you can’t get enough of crocheting anymore, you can also buy your things at the sell to others, for example to a flea market online.
Saving tip 10: Optimize tips
A not-so-rare dilemma: The bill at the restaurant is 39.50 euros. Two twenties are in your wallet, so you could easily round up to 40 euros. But wouldn’t that also make you look like a cheapskate?? Only 50 cents tip, how indelicate! So you still put the two-euro coin on it. After all, the social consensus is five to ten percent tipping.
Tip for saving money: First calculate in your head and then, if possible, order in such a way that you don’t get yourself into trouble. For example, two pizzas for 18.90 euros. You can tip the waiter 20 euros without embarrassing yourself – and without having to tip excessively.
Saving tip 11: Use free trial subscriptions
Many providers of magazines, video on demand and Co. offer you a free trial subscription so that you can test their service. This not only offers you the advantage of being able to take a look without any obligation. You even save a lot. It’s not uncommon for you to save double-digit sums of money. But do not forget: You have to give the Cancel your trial subscription in time! Otherwise, of course, you will incur the costs you wanted to avoid.
Saving tip 12: Chewing gum
If you chew gum, you can’t also eat at the same time. Scientists at the University of Rhode Island claim to have found several years ago that chewing gum actually helps you lose weight. If you pop on some sugar-free gum before meals, you’ll supposedly save 67 calories a day. Chewing gum sends positive signals to the satiety center in the brain and reduces feelings of hunger. And less cravings translates into lower food costs.
However, the study was conducted by the Wrigley Science Institute financed. Does that sound kind of funny to you too? But you could still try it out ..
Saving tip 13: Change printer ink
The inkjet printer is empty again, while various documents for the university want to be printed out. Now there are two possibilities. The expensive: quickly get a new cartridge. The favorable ones: Change the default color in the printer settings from black to blue. Because it is usually the black cartridge that is empty. So why not print with blue ink for a transitional period? That delays reordering – and is therefore cheaper.
Even more printer-saving tips: Choose a font that uses less space and ink. Times New Roman, in particular, is a space-saver. If possible, also reduce the font size. Always turn off printer when not needed to save electricity. Use print view, set to black and white and hide the graphic elements. cartridge to the last drop and do not replace it prematurely.
Savings tip 14: Cut open a tube
The ketchup problem is well known: No matter how hard you hit the back of the head, you get very little out of the front. The only thing that helps is scissors. Cut open the package and empty the rest. So also with toothpaste tubes, hair and shower gel, shampoo, creams, mustard, mayonnaise, even glue. Savings potential: greater than you think.
The NDR had determined in a test already years ago that with some products up to one third of the filling quantity remains stuck in the package. But a remedy is coming: scientists at MIT in Boston recently developed a coating that makes the inside of a ketchup bottle super-slick – and leaves no residue behind. Now we just have to wait for the market launch. Until then it is called: Cut and save!
Saving tip 15: Shave bald head
Saving tip for the unfortunate: Men shave their hair off with long hair clippers to a shaving short or straight to baldness. It worked for Pep Guardiola, too. Savings: enormous. Costs for hairdresser, hair gel or hair spray, shampoo, hair dryer (+ electricity for the hair dryer) are largely omitted.
Tip for women: Do not dye your hair (anymore). Save on dye and/or hair salon costs. For this the gentlemen may leave the hair in the face calmly longer, to the three or 14-day beard. The razor costs less electricity – and does not wear out as quickly.
Saving tip 16: Keep a calendar
Real cheapskates save like this: Don’t throw the expired wall calendars in the waste paper, keep them instead. After all, such a high-quality calendar with landscape photos costs from 30 euros upwards to 100 euros – and sometimes looks beautiful. Example: The calendar of 2017 can be used again in 2023. The one from 2018 can celebrate a revival in 2029, only for the 2016 calendar you have to wait until 2044. But students know: patience is a virtue ..
Saving tip 17: Open a checking account
Many checking accounts these days offer a Opening premium at. That is, you get a certain amount of money when you open an account, as soon as you have deposited something for the first time. This can be the salary from your mini-job, your Bafog, or other things. With some providers, you even get money if you recommend the account to a friend.
Saving tip 18: Put a brick in the water tank
The wackiest tip at the end: Putting a brick in your toilet’s water tank saves flushing water. The brick displaces water in the cistern, so that less bubbles out when the button is pressed. What used to be the brick, however, is now the rubber brick. In the USA, resourceful founders have developed it via a crowdfunding campaign – under the ambiguous name ‘Drop a Brick’.
In any case, the problem is not quite so pronounced in Germany thanks to modern water-saving devices, but it is even more so in countries and regions with high water consumption and little rainfall. Maybe a brick like this can be added to the semester abroad take!
When money-saving tips aren’t enough
Of course, instead of saving money, you can do some earn money on the side, To make ends meet. For many opportunities, you don’t even need your comfortable sofa to leave. Because: There are many side jobs from home. In addition to jobs as a copywriter or proofreader, this includes paid surveys or Apps. You will also find on the Internet many more possibilities. So if you’re tired of crocheting, for example, you can use your own photos or reviews earn money online.
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