Couponing In College Is Cool And Saves You Money

Couponing In College Is Cool And Saves You Money

I am a 20-year-old college student and I like to coupon.

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College students everywhere always complain about how they have absolutely no money. I am one of those students but I have hopefully found a solution that can save college students money. Use coupons because you don't even have to scour through newspapers and clip them anymore.

Recently, I came across an app called Flipp that combines coupons from multiple stores into one place. You can select coupons for items you need, make a shopping list, and look at deals at different stores so you can get the best prices. Of course, while this app makes things simple there is a lot more to couponing than just using an app.

First, you need to take an inventory of what you need to buy and why. Unless you are treating yourself, you shouldn't just buy something for no real rhyme or reason. Grocery shopping is especially easier when you have a list and you know what kind of money you will be spending. This trick also prevents you from wasting food and money.

After you've got your list together, use the app or the old fashion way to find deals at your local stores. Kroger might sell the same item at Walmart but for a lot less and vice versa.

Getting good deals should be your new mission.

The most important part is staying organized because if you can't remember what store or item you had a coupon for or where you planned on getting an item from you could be giving away money. Keep a folder or a list around that you can easily read and interpret.

Any money you can save will make a huge difference in your bank account.

Saving money can be hard for everyone, especially when you are in control of your money and shopping instead of your parents. Couponing has allowed me to save money and be more financially responsible and I hope it can do the same for other struggling college students.

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If You Own 6 Of These 10 Brands, You Are 100 Percent Basic

How basic are you?

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For every brand you own, give yourself a point.

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9. Nike Shorts (NORTS)

What was your score? Are you truly basic or not? If you are BASIC embrace that, who cares what anyone thinks! If you aren't basic, well then you are clearly embracing your style and thriving! Meanwhile, the rest of us are BASIC as can be and we love it!

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Minimalism Addresses Our Culture Of Consumption

Decluttering your life and consuming less allows you to live in the moment.

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Most of us, at some point in our lives, have become trapped by our culture of consumption. It's a disgusting display of wealth and social status that social divides us. This social divide does a great job at inhibiting our potential at building objective, meaningful relationships. Material possessions become our identity and we begin to lose a true sense of who we really are. It's entirely possible for us to exist as content, beautiful human beings without participating in the culture of consumption we have been duped into believing in.

The problem with our culture of consumption is that it has become a key aspect of every activity. We give too much value to "things," focusing less on their contribution to our overall wellbeing, passions, or happiness. We may experience temporary contentment or pleasure, but it seldom lasts forever. Minimalism eliminates the "things" from our routine, allowing us to find contentment from the simple things in life.

Minimalism is not an expensive hobby one takes up on the quest for self-discovering and happiness. There is this huge misconception that being a minimalist requires a fat wallet and that your life is now restricted by rules and limitations. This simply is not true. This misconception comes from the elitist culture which has emerged through social media outlets. This distorted perception has blurred the individualistic nature of minimalism. A lifestyle often associated as a fad is actually a lifestyle that de-clutters your physical and mental state.

Minimalists are people who…

  • Make intentional decisions; that add value to their lives.
  • Focus on personal growth and the quality of their relationships.
  • Live in the moment.
  • Discover personal potential by eliminating obstacles standing in our way.
  • Consume less and intentionally.
  • Gift experiences rather than material possessions.

There isn't anything necessarily wrong with owning material possessions. If you find importance in an object that genuinely makes you happy then, great! Minimalism doesn't have to look like white walls behind aesthetically placed black furniture. This concept focuses on the internal value system we all forget we control. Start small; declutter your thoughts. We easily get stuck in our routines that we forget to look slow down and just breathe. Living in the moment is by far the most valuable aspect of minimalism because it allows us to feel and experience every minute of our existence.

If you're someone who enjoys nature, there's more value to be found in the adventures we seek out and create than those created for us. Discover birds you've never seen before, wander down trials in your neighborhood, or uncover beaches no one else knows about. You'll find more value in the creation of your own adventure because those experiences are completely your own.

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