Extreme couponing

Did you know that teenagers and college students are using coupons now more than ever?¬†According to a survey of more than 23,000 shoppers by RedPlum, many of them are using coupons primarily on things that matter most including entertainment, clothes and health and beauty products. Couponing is becoming more of a trend and are becoming easier to obtain. There’s really no need to spend hours cutting out coupons anymore being that many companies email coupons and special deals straight to your email or phone. Nevertheless, print media seems to still be the most popular source for collecting coupons.

  • 76 percent indicated that newspapers are their primary source for coupons and deals.
  • 59 percent from emails and coupon alerts, an astounding 29 percent increase from 2010.
  • 33 percent from internet searches.

Now some may think that the lady in the video below went a little overboard when saving money with coupons. I even think it’s a little insane, but her savings are remarkable!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og-wfmaJrP0

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5 ways students can save money (Nov. 16)

Recently I have consulted my boyfriend, roommate, friends and the Internet for ways to save money. I have found some interesting ones, but many that I would never do personally (like save gas to ride the GVT. Creepy!) But maybe you would, so feel free to ask around. The following are just my preference. Here’s this week’s five ways to save:

1) Cook at home. I have a niece that lives a few blocks away. I am six months older and we both make around the same amount of money. By the end of the month, she is the one asking me to borrow money. I wondered what the difference was between us, and although there are many, how we eat is one of them. My niece eats out ALL the time. Even if it’s “cheap,” it adds up. I have made meals at home that were more than your typical college diet consisting of Ramen and Macaroni and Cheese (although I do love my mac ‘n cheese) and it has cost me considerably less than eating out continuously. Also, when you cook, cook more than you will eat that night and refrigerate/freeze them as leftovers for the next couple of days. This actually saves time as well.

2) Shut off electronics. If you’re heading out for a while, turning off the lights, XBOX, computers and other electronics can really save you a buck or two. You’re not using them anyway. That way you can use them more when you are home.

3) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. So recycling may not save you money initially, but if you recycle all the cans of pop and beer you drink on a daily basis, the cash can really add up in the end. Not to mention, you are helping preserve the environment. That’s always a plus.

4) Use your blinds and curtains to lower your heating bill. Winter is upon us. Leaving the curtains open to let the sun shine through helps heat the room, without taking a toll on your energy bill and your wallet.

5) I guess this still falls under ways to entertain yourself. The library is a wonderful resource for free movies to watch and books to read. It’s better than RedBox! If you must go out to a movie, make sure to go to a matinee. You can also visit http://www.halfpricemovieticket.com to find movie tickets at half price. Genius! Not to mention, there are many free events around town. To find these local events, visit the Visitor and Convention Bureau website at http://www.visitgrandjunction.com. It’s an easy website to navigate as well!

But keep in mind that when you do decide to eat out, or spend money, it doesn’t mean that you can forget to use the Student Super-Saver!

5 ways for students to save money (Nov. 8)

Being a college student, I know how expensive school can be and how important it is to save money. However, I also know how much students like to spend money. Here are some things I’ve found that have helped me spend my paychecks wiser and maybe they’ll help you as well.

1) Use the Student Super-Saver religiously. It’s free and you’re on campus all the time. There’s no reason not to have one.

2) Goodwill is a student’s best friend. I’m not one to shop regularly at Goodwill. It’s not that I have a problem with consignments, but I think that the smell of consignments grosses me out more than anything. If you’re like me, suck it up. Find something cute and go home and wash it. By that time, I promise it will smell normal. If Goodwill still doesn’t seem appealing, try Ross. It’s not as cheap as Goodwill, but you can find cute, brand new clothes for a good price! And of course, these places are not limited to just clothes. When I moved into my new house, I found dishes galore, which helped out A LOT. Pssh. Who needs Wal-Mart?

3) Lay off the specialty coffee. My mother is a store manager at Starbucks, so needless to say that at one point in time I was spoiled on non-fat Venti White Mochas and Carmel Macchiatos. Lucky for my mother, (since she was paying for it) she was transferred to a store in Rifle, so I couldn’t get Starbucks any time I was “in the neighborhood” like I used to. (Believe me, I tried. It’s expensive.) It was hard, but consequently, I had to cut back. I still live off of coffee, but instead of $5 for a drink, it costs me $8 to buy my own 33 ounce tub of coffee, which lasts me… a long time. It also only costs about $3.50 for vanilla creamer and $2.50 for a five pound bag of sugar. You can of course, go without creamer and sugar…if you want your coffee to taste like crap. Regardless, it will never be Starbucks, but for about $14, I can have a decent tasting cup of coffee every day for a long time as opposed to three White Mochas from Starbucks. I am quite proud of this feat…..but did I mention that my mom transfers back to a store in Grand Junction in less than a week? Uh-oh. Here we go again.

4) Get rid of nasty habits. Cigarettes are one of them. I’ve never smoked in my life, so this isn’t really from personal experience, but I know of several people who have taken this advice. I can’t even image how hard it would be to quit (especially if you’re doing it cold turkey) but I know that cigarettes are expensive, and if you smoke a pack each day, I can totally understand how you have absolutely no money. Just think how much money you’d be saving if you kicked that habit. But I’m not just singling out smokers. Throwing parties every night (or even every weekend) isn’t good for your wallet either, even if you’re buying the cheap stuff.

5) Find cheaper ways to entertain yourself. What’s the use of having a big screen TV when you don’t have cable? It’s called Netflix or Red Box. I know many college students that utilize these resources already. My roommates and I don’t pay for cable because we’re never home enough to watch it. It’s not worth the money at all. Not to mention, there’s nothing but mindless crap like Jersey Shore on it anyway. At least with Netflix, you can watch a movie at your leisure and it costs considerably less. Most people rent Red Box on the nights they actually plan to watch a movie, therefore only costing them $1.

Check back within the week for five more ways to save money.

Welcome to the Student Super-Saver!

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Welcome to The Student Super-Saver’s blog!

The Student Super-Saver is a FREE advertising publication distributed to students, faculty and staff at Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) in Grand Junction, Colorado. The Student Super-Saver is a semesterly publication created to help CMU students and staff save money!

Restaurants, salons, boutiques, retailers and liquor stores are among the types of local businesses that offer special deals and discounts to students all year long.
This blog will update readers on the many special deals that local businesses offer CMU students year round, not just the ones that are printed in the publication. Local business news and announcements that will benefit students will also be written about.
We’re new at this, so if you have any suggestions, or news, please leave a comment below.
Don’t forget to tell your friends how they can save money with the Student Super-Saver!