Follow these easy money-saving tips to make your money last.

Books and Supplies

  • Buy used textbooks
  • Sell your textbooks at the end of each semester. Places like Haven Books, will help you sell your textbooks through consignment.
  • The Carleton University Bookstore now lets you rent textbooks, offering on average more than 50% of savings compared to buying.


  • Enjoy Ottawa’s many free or nearly free activities.
  • Get active with a league or open recreation at Carleton Athletics.
  • Join one of Carleton’s many clubs and societies.
  • Borrow a board/video game from MacOdrum Library
  • The National Arts Centre offers student tickets at 50% off regular price.

Groceries & Meals

  • Use a flyer & coupon app like Flipp to find the best deals or price match.
  • Bring your own water bottle and use the refilling stations around campus.
  • Make a meal plan for the week.
  • Loblaws offers 10% off for students with a valid student ID card every Tuesday at select locations.
  • Sign up for loyalty programs for stores you shop at regular, such as PC Optimum card
  • Browse sites like Pinterest for frugal meal ideas.


  • Get a student banking account. Most banks offer student chequing accounts with no monthly fees as long as you’re a full-time student.
  • Only use your bank’s ATM and avoid high fees from convenience store ATMs.
  • Leave your credit/debit cards at home and take cash with you for the day. This will also help you budget.
  • Track your spending. You can use an app like Mint or your bank’s online services to ensure you are not going over your budget.

Student Discounts

  • Many businesses will offer discounts to students. Always carry your Carleton Campus Card with you.
  • Consider getting a Student Price Card to receive discounts with their business partners.

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