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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Frugal Fun Part 1

Students especially if they work don't have a lot of time and if you work more to get more money often your financial aid is cut so if you can't work more how do you get more money?

Well, you could take a page from high school and babysit or house sit, that money would not go on your FAFSA. However, you are suppose to claim that on your taxes and therefore on your FAFSA (frugalstudents does not say to cheat on your taxes, mostly cause the IRS is scary!). So what can you do?

Most students have very little time and want to have fun so many of the tricks on frugal blogs don't work, either you live at home and they are not applicable or you live in the dorm and you are not allowed to try the tricks (stockpiling being one trick) or again they are not applicable. So again, what can you do?

Well, you could buy gift cards for places you know you will spend, like movie theaters for great movies like Iron Man 2 (I am going to see it this weekend) and then go see the movie during the matinee. Lets do the math, shall we? Say you and your SO (boyfriend/girlfriend) want to go see Iron Man and your are in buffalo, NY. You could go buy the tickets for Friday night at 10.00 a person. So just to see the move you have spent $20 not even counting popcorn, candy or a drink.
So how could you do this and pay less? Well first you can go to plastic jungle and buy a gift card for Regal theaters for 10% off, then you go to the theater Saturday afternoon instead and only pay $16 for the two ticket ($8/each) but since you got the gift card for 10% off, it is only $14.40. You can use the rest of that money ($5.60) to buy popcorn.

Same fun date and by being frugal (not cheap) you get even more than if you were not and honestly all it takes is 5 minutes and a little thinking ahead.

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