Tips To Make Your Money Stretch Further


We all love a great deal, and with the economy the way it is right now, finding more ways to stretch the dollar is paramount. Here are some tips on how to make your money go further. 

Take Advantage of Student Discounts

One of the things I like about being an adult student is that I get to enjoy some of the perks that younger college students enjoy. These perks (especially the ones listed below) help me put more money back into my savings, and these discounts can add up to substantial savings in the long run.

1. Hulu

This streaming service offers a student discount on the subscription cost, which brings it down to only $1.99 a month.

2. Amazon Prime Student

After a six-month free trial, Amazon offers Prime membership to students at 50% off the standard price. Membership also comes with some extra bonuses for food delivery and music. You may even be able to switch from standard to student if you’re already a member.

3. Wireless providers

A few wireless carriers offer student and employer discounts. To find out if your carrier offers this discount, visit their website and enter your work email or student email address. You can also call and speak with a customer service agent. 

Use Coupons & Discount Codes When You Can

Nowadays, you can find a coupon for just about anything online. From grocery to retail, many stores and online platforms offer discounts and cashback on several items.

If you can’t find a coupon or promo code online, don’t be afraid to ask the store associate or call the corporate customer service line and ask. I’ve gotten a few department store discount codes emailed to me simply by calling. These codes are typically only good for 24 hours so be sure you plan to shop the day you call to inquire. The list below contains some ways to get great coupons and discount codes.

1. (Retail Me Not)

I absolutely love this platform! It is my go-to when bargain hunting. In addition to their discount code, Retail Me Not also offers cashback at some of my favorite stores. With the cashback feature, you tap the offer you’d like to activate the cashback, then shop at the online store, and receive your cashback within 45 days via Venmo or Paypal.

2. Reward Programs

From fuel to grocery reward programs, you can sign up for free to receive these store rewards to save even more. Just ask a store associate for information on their specific rewards program. 

3. Price Match

One of the great things about technology is that you have access to the internet in the palm of your hand. Before making a purchase at the store, I will check the store website price against the price in the physical store. Sometimes I even google the product and ask the associate about the difference in price, which usually results in receiving the lowest price advertised. You can even visit their website to scan for any coupons.

4. Internet Bill Reduction

If you’re looking for more ways to save on your internet bill and you meet the eligibility criteria, check out the Affordable Connectivity Program to learn how to save on your service and their one-time discount for laptops, tablets, or desktop computers. This is a government program that helps many low-income households pay for broadband service and internet-connected devices.

With prices so high, finding creating ways to reduce spending and save money can help reduce some of the squeeze. I hope these tips help you save money as they’ve helped my family. 

What tips would you add to this list? 

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Tania was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. Over the years she has lived in Africa, and Texas before moving to Columbia, SC in 2014. She met her husband Roger who is a local pharmacist and a small business owner and found a reason to stay in Columbia. She is mom to Darniel (15), Elton (4), and auntie to Jaylon (8). Tania has a passion for helping people understand their current financial picture so they can live better now while planning for their future. She takes any opportunity she can to educate people on financial literacy topics which is why she has been featured on CNBC, Yahoo Finance, and other financial press. After years of working for some of the big money management firms, she decided to take a leap of faith to start her own financial planning and wealth management firm. Tania loves to serve others and currently volunteers for a couple of nonprofits that support economic empowerment. Tania and her family enjoy the outdoors and mini-vacations. 


  1. Great article with a lot of helpful tips. Prices are high and interest rates are high too, so being able to save money during this time is important.


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