Students are known for finding shortcuts and “lifehacks” to save a few bucks wherever they can—there are numerous websites dedicated to sharing tips and tricks for stretching their dollar—but now that another holiday season has arrived, students everywhere are feeling the pressure to save money while getting gifts for everyone on their list.
Luckily for you, Link‘s Montana Cumming has put together this list of ways to save your money and still give incredible gifts that are sure to wow your loved ones!
TWO WORDS: HANDMADE GIFTS
If you have a talent for creative endeavors, making something handmade is a good way to not only save a lot of money, but also make something unique. If you can’t think of anything yourself, no worries – websites like CraftGawker and Pinterest have many easy DIY gift ideas.
Even if you can’t make something entirely by hand, buy something plain and make it unique for a friend or a relative. There are a lot of tutorials on how to make neat gifts with a personal touch, such as custom mugs. The best part is that these kinds of DIY projects hardly take long than an afternoon.
HUNT FOR DEALS
Pay attention to what deals are going on at various stores. Sales can change day to day, so knowing where the deals are is a must. Apps like Groupon will tell customers what deals are going on in stores around them, and these alerts can come in handy for the holiday season.
Online shopping is a good tool for holiday shopping, because a) many people are too busy working extra hours to shop after work, and b) some stores have exclusive online sales. Some stores also give free shipping after a certain amount is spent, saving you a little extra.
These are a must for a student, and a lot of stores offer programs where points can be exchanged for discounts on purchases. It may take a while, but if you start collecting points, you can kill two birds with one stone and save money in the long run just by shopping for things that are necessary to buy anyway.
And finally, if it comes to it, re-gift an old gift. Just be discreet about it. Shh, no one needs to know where it came from.
— Montana Cumming