Written By: Mel Vasquez and Mesayla Weaver
Whether you’re a freshman or a senior at Sac State, college will always have its challenges. These may be as simple as finding the right campus hangout spots or as serious as understanding how and what to study for before an exam. Whatever the case may be, an obstacle is an obstacle. That’s why PRSSA is here to present you with a set of college hacks every Monday! No matter what situation you’re in, we have the answers for you to conquer it. This week, we are providing you with a few helpful apps that will help you save a few pennies during your college experience.
1. Groupon is a worldwide e-commerce marketplace connecting subscribers with local markets by offering activities, travel, goods and services. It is meant for collective purchasing by offering discounts/coupons for group deals to consumers.
As a college student, self-care is super important. Between the stresses of school and work, students should take the time to do something relaxing that they can enjoy. Use the Groupon app to find some great deals on an activity you and your friends can enjoy together. Groupon includes deals on yoga sessions, massages and so much more!
2. RetailMeNot is a collection of coupon websites for any retail store. You get the best prices and cash back offers for your favorite shops and retailers - both in store and online. The app includes printable coupons, discount gift cards and online codes for everything from food, fashion, beauty products and car rentals.
This app is so convenient because it is helping you save on spending what you would have spent anyway. Being a shopper is inevitable, but being a smart shopper is a skill! Next time you are browsing the mall, be sure to be browsing your RetailMeNot app for all the latest savings too!
3. Epicurious is one of the best food apps and resources for the homecook with daily kitchen tips, fun cooking and over 30,000 recipes. This money saving app will help you get on a healthier path and stop having to buy take out every day.
As many of us know, buying food on campus can be expensive fairly quick. Epicurious is a great way to get started on meal prepping! Prepare your meals at the beginning of the week so they are ready for you to grab in the mornings before school or work. This is a convenient and affordable way to save money and time in your existing schedules.
4. Shopkick has become the app that rewards you with FREE gift cards for shopping that you already did. Open the Shopkick app while you are at home or at the mall, and you can start earning points by completing daily challenges. Points are called “kicks”. Once you rack up a certain amount of kicks, you can redeem those kicks for gift cards. This app is great for those trying to save a coin.
The great part about this app is that there is no spending necessary. All it takes to earn some kicks is walking into a store. Work in retail? This app is great for you! Download Shopkick and take a lap around the mall on your breaks. You’re getting your steps and your kicks in for the day. You’re welcome!
5. Cartwheel is specifically designed for shopping at Target. However, we have a Target super close to campus so it is likely most of us already so some shopping there anyway! With the Cartwheel app, you can streamline the store with maps and aisle locations and scan item barcodes for prices, reviews and available offers. When you find an item you want to purchase, all you have to do is scan it and add it to your mobile cart. At checkout, the associate will scan your phone and you get your discounts!
Once again, this is a great way to save during your busy schedules. With a little bit of planning you can do a lot of saving!