One of the great things about college is that it gives you an opportunity to express yourself and that can extend to such things as your clothes and the way in which you furnish your rooms. So, here are a few tips that might just help to save you a little money.
Tip 1. Set the trend rather than follow the fashion. This is one occasion on which you really do not have to follow the latest expensive designer trend and you can dress to suit yourself or indeed start your own fashion trend.
Tip 2. Look for budding designers. If you do decide that you need to follow the latest fashion then, instead of spending a fortune on store bought clothes, find yourself a budding young designer who is studying at your college and see if they can make a cheaper one off version of their own for you.
Tip 3. Make your own clothes. If you are at all handy with a sewing machine then you can of course make your own clothes and perhaps even earn a bit of extra money by making clothes for some of your fellow students.
Tip 4. Do not overlook the Army surplus store. Surplus stores sell a good range of clothing at discounted prices including a lot of outdoor wear, bags and boots.
Tip 5. Do not buy from catalogues. Buying from catalogues can be simple but you invariably find that things look better on the catalogue model than they do on you and that you are tempted to buy things which you do not really need. You can also run up a large debt to the catalogue company very quickly. If you have a catalogue then the best place for it is in the garbage.
Tip 6. Shop at the flea markets. Flea markets are a great place to pick up things that you need at a bargain price and are particularly handy for picking up bits of furniture.
Tip 7. Keep an eye out for garage and yard sales. Just like the flea markets garage and yard sales can provide some excellent bargains.
Tip 8. Buy things on sale. It might seem obvious but sales are often overlooked. For example, who ever thinks of buying Christmas cards in January and yet you can very often pick them up then at half price or less and simply pop them away in a drawer ready for later in the year.
Tip 9. Buy in bulk. There are many items which you use regularly such as toothpaste, soap and toilet paper which are invariably cheaper if you buy them in bulk. For example, a 12 pack of toilet rolls is a lot cheaper than 6 double roll packs.
Tip 10. Avoid buying on credit. Credit cards make shopping very easy but also very expensive. You will save a lot of money if instead of buying something today and paying for it next month you simply save up now and buy it next month.
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