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.
- 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.