How to save money as a student: The best tips & tricks
written by: Christina Pichler, 07.01.2021
written by: Christina Pichler, 07.01.2021
Students oftentimes get discounts for all kinds of leisure facilities and culture institutions. Museums, cinemas and theatres usually have special prices for students. Libraries also have student prices. Public transport offer student tickets (e.g., “Climate ticket for Austria”, ÖBB card, semester tickets, one-way tickets, etc.). Sport facilities such as swimming pools, gyms and the like offer a discount for students. We recommend that you always ask if there is a discount available. Check out iamstudent, a website with all the discounts available!
Attention: Many student discounts in Austria have an age limit of 27 and are only applicable with a valid student ID!
Smartphones, tablets, notebooks and the corresponding software are expensive but indispensable purchases for students. Many big companies, such as Microsoft and Apple, as well as various online shops often provide special offers for students.
Sometimes universities or colleges offer hardware and software at a discount or for free. For example, you can buy tablets and notebooks at a discount at u:book. The IT department of at universities oftentimes provide a free version of MS Office and other important software programs.
Inform yourself before you buy a new device because you can really save some money!
As the last months of the year approach, it will get colder and more uncomfortable outside. Time to get cozy at home! For most people, this means turning up the heating. However, with these tips you can heat more efficiently and reduce heating costs:
Extending the life of devices and objects is not only great for the environment, but it also saves you some coins. If you do not already live in a fully furnished and modern STUWO student apartment, you can purchase second-hand household items on various online platforms, such as willhaben. Many items are available at a very low price or even for free.
There are also some local Facebook groups, which offer free furniture. If you do not mind that electronic devices have tiny flaws, such as scratches or dents, the electro-b market is the right place for you to shop. They sell branded devices that have been damaged during transport, but are still in the original packaging at a discount. Another online market to check out is refurbed, they also offer cheap second-hand tablets, smartphones and notebooks.
A special tip for Vienna: You can shop at the carla shops of Caritas Vienna at low prices. The 48-man Tandler also offers many great treasures in its old goods market. You can even find instruments and sports equipment there. Not only do you save money, but you also shop environmentally-friendly.
Everyone has to eat, no question. However, you can save quite a lot of money when grocery shopping with the right plan. Try these tips:
Here are more tips for saving money in the kitchen!
Transportation is expensive. As a student, you probably commute regularly or go on trips with friends. But even just getting around in your own city is expensive. Owning a car is not only relatively expensive due to the fuel, maintenance costs and high parking fees in the cities, but it is also not particularly environmentally-friendly.
Depending on the route and the accessibility of your destination, you can save money with the following tips:
If you are not a craftsman yourself, you rarely use your toolbox. But if you want to work on something, you will probably need some tools.
Larger equipment, such as impact drills and the like, is very expensive. The same applies to costumes for masquerade parties and electronic devices, such as a high-quality camera for hobby photographers.
Ask your fellow students or neighbors if they lend you their equipment or costumes. They will certainly be happy to help you. If no one can be found, you can rent tools and other things on Shareonimo on a daily basis.
You can easily make products for your personal hygiene yourself at a low price or swap them out for a more environmentally-friendly alternative. Did you know that you can wash your hair with rye flour, for example, or make your deodorant yourself with just three ingredients? The topic is so broad that we have put together many different DIY tips in this article.
By slightly changing up everyday habits, you can easily save money.
This becomes even more interesting when you put your savings aside and after a year, you will be positively surprised by how far your thrifty lifestyle has actually got you. Of course, this is not easy by any means. But even just getting some of your groceries on your shopping list at a lower price or saving some money during your visit to the museum, wil have a positive impact on your budget. Your piggy bank is certainly happy to be fed and you will be amazed how much you save over a long time. Because many pennies make a dollar. No matter what you decide, these tips can make saving really fun!