Ways to save and make money

By: Victoria Nicholson, Art Director

I don’t know about you, but I am broke. Well, I shouldn’t say I don’t make enough to not order off the dollar menu at Mcdonald’s, but I will do everything to save an extra buck. I’m that one friend that says, “Wait! I think I have a coupon for that!” So, let me be your friend and give you a few ways to save/make some extra money for the future. Be a penny-pincher, it’s fun! 

  1. Mercari: Grew out of your favorite skirt? Have five pairs of black leggings? Or did you even just impulsively buy a new jacket you hate now? Sell it on Mercari! This is a great app that every college student needs on their phone. Let me break it down for you. Take decent pictures that show off the item you want to get rid of, create a brief description of it, and post it on the app. It’s that easy. Once your item sells, Mercari will personally give you a pdf version of the shipping label and all you have to do after that is tape it to a shipping box and drop it off at the post office. I have used Mercari for about two years now and I have made over a $1,000 dollars by simply getting rid of things I didn’t need anymore. Not only does mercari let you sell clothes, but they allow a wide variety of items. This can include makeup, office supplies, house decor, books, and even those old pair of heels you told yourself you’ll wear one day.
  2. Ibotta: Imagine making money off of daily tasks you already do… oh wait, you can. Ibotta is an app you can download for free that helps you make cash back on grocery shopping. All you have to do is look through the lists the app offers, and add the items you want to purchase or have already purchased. Once you found everything, and made your list, you scan your receipt and the app will process the savings for you. Before I moved into my apartment, I purchased a water filter for the fridge that my roommate and I needed. I went on Ibotta that day to see if any thing I purchased would help me get money back, and you know what I found? $3.25 cash back on that water filter! Maybe I’m weird for getting excited about that, but wow, that is a blessing.

  3. Plato’s Closet: Make cash on the spot by gathering your used clothes, shoes and accessories and selling them to Plato’s Closet. Plato’s Closet, which is less than a 10-minute drive from campus, will look through your items and pick out the items that think will sell well in their store and give you 40% of what they would sell it for. See, this really isn’t the place for you if you want to make $20 off of a used shirt you wore two years ago, but rather, it’s for people who just want to get rid of stuff out of their closet but still want to make some money off it.

  4. Target Circle: I love shopping at the “tarjay,” but I also love saving money at the “tarjay.” Target offers a program called Target Circle which gives you offers on a variety of goods the store carries. All you have to do is download the Target app and the program will be included, as well as a handy dandy scanner. Each product coupon differs, but you can get up to 50% off an item you would of paid full price on!

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