How to save money as a student: Here are our tips and tricks to stretch your budget!
written by: Christina Pichler, 07.01.2021
written by: Christina Pichler, 07.01.2021
Sometimes it is not so obvious at first glance, but some leisure opportunities offer discounts for young people in education and study. You can visit all kinds of museums or take advantage of other offers at discounted prices, such as cinema or theatre performances. In Vienna, for instance, you will get the library card as well as the entrance to the municipal baths for a reduced price. It is definitely always worth asking for a discount. We also recommend you visit the website iamstudent. There you will find the latest discounts and vouchers for students in Austria as well as individual cities, such as Vienna. However, beware! In Austria, many student discounts are limited to the age of 27. If you already belong to the students aged 30 or older, the discounts no longer apply to you. However, do not worry. There are plenty of savings tips for you, too.
Smartphones, tablet PCs and notebooks as well as the associated software are already large acquisition items, but mostly indispensable. Many large companies, such as Microsoft and Apple, as well as various online shops, often provide special offers for students.
Sometimes you can also get discounted or even free software packages through your university or college. Inform yourself before you buy a new device. Because with those student discounts you can really save some money!
As the last months of the year approach, it will get colder without doubt and more uncomfortable outside. Time to make yourself cuddly at home. For most people, this means turning up the heater. With the following tips you can also protect your student budget in regard to heating:
Extending the life of things 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 student apartment, you can purchase used household items on various online platforms, such as willhaben, most things offered are really cheap and sometimes even free of charge.
There are also some local Facebook groups, which offer free furniture. If you do not mind that the devices have slight flaws such as scratches or even a dent, the electro-b market is the right place for you to go to. They sell transport-damaged but original-packaged branded devices cheaper than the original price.
A special tip for Vienna: You can shop at the carla shops of Caritas Vienna at low cost prices. The 48-man Tandler also offers many great treasures in its old goods market. You can even find instruments and sports equipment here. Not only do you save money, but you also do something good regarding your ecological footprint.
Everyone has to eat, no questions asked. However, you can save quite a lot of money when food shopping with a plan.
Try one of the following options:
Transport is expensive. As a student, you probably commute home one or two times a semester or take a trip with friends. But even being at the place of study usually costs you some money. Owning a car is not only relatively expensive due to the fuel, maintenance costs and high parking fees in the cities. It is also not particularly ecological.
Depending on the route and the accessibility of your destination, you can save money with the following tips:
Let’s face it: If you are not a craftsman or hobby screwdriver yourself, you rarely touch the toolbox. But if you want to work on something, you will probably need some tools.
Larger equipment, such as impact drills and co, is very expensive to buy especially if you rarely use it.
The same applies to costumes when a party with disguise is coming up or some electronic devices, such as a high-quality camera for hobby photographers.
Ask your fellow students or neighbors if they lend you theirs. They will certainly be happy to help you if these treasures are dormant in their cellars or storage chambers. If no one can be found, you can rent tools and other things on Shareonimo on a daily basis.
You can do many things, especially talking about personal care, yourself and at low cost or even replace them with ecological alternatives. And that really saves up some money! 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 our own post.
In summary: By slightly changing up everyday habits, you can easily save money.
This becomes especially 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 if you can make it work to get some of your groceries on your shopping list at a lower price, or if you saved a few euros on your last visit to the museum, start with these small savings.
The good old piggy bank is certainly happy to be fed by you and you will be amazed how much comes together over a long time. Because: Many pennies make a dollar. From this, you can upgrade your next holiday fund or fulfill a special wish of yours. No matter what you decide, these tips can make saving really fun!