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Money-saving tips

Here are some tips for stretching your budget:

Books and supplies

  • Buy used textbooks.
  • Sell your textbooks back at the end of each semester.


  • Borrow movies and magazines from a local library.
  • Enjoy free activities on campus or in the community.
  • Have a potluck or invite friends over to make dinner.
  • Join a club or participate in a Campus Recreation program.
  • Rent a movie with friends instead of going to the movie theatre.

Groceries and meals

  • Avoid convenience stores where items are usually more expensive.
  • Buy generic instead of brand-name goods.
  • Check grocery store flyers and websites for sales and coupons; Grocery Alerts Canada posts coupons and shows the best grocery flyer deals to use with coupons to maximize savings.
  • Find a friend to share the cost of bulk items with.
  • Make a list when you shop for groceries and stick to it.
  • Make meals from scratch instead of ordering takeout.
  • Pack a lunch for cheaper meals on the go.


  • Use public transportation (included with your U-Pass), ride a bike or walk instead of taking a cab.

Use your student card

  • Many businesses offer discounts to students; always carry your student card so you can take advantage of these.

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