Friday, May 2, 2014

Mom, I live in the dorm! How do I save money with coupons?

Dorm rooms are small, and when my son shared a dorm room with three other people there was barely room to sleep let alone keep extra shampoo or deodorant or laundry detergent. So, what do you do when you’re a college student, living in the dorm, or sharing an apartment with one or more people, and you want to save money using coupons?
How can I save money living in the dorms or a small apartment with roommates??
The most effective way is to talk to your roommates. Talk about your needs when it comes to things like personal care items, laundry detergent, etc. If you’re roommates are hesitant to discuss their finances with you, find like-minded individuals in your classes at school OR in your dorm. Form a “club” and shop together, pooling your resources, time and coupons. Make lists, with your friends, of the items you need and want to buy.

The next thing you want to do once you’ve found a few friends to pool your resources with, talk to your parents. Find out what coupons mom may have to share with you. Mom may belong to a few groups on Facebook or in the neighborhood and may be able to offer up advice on where to shop, when to shop and what coupons to match to what sales. Moms have been teaching their children for years, everything from learning to talk, potty training to your ABCs and 123s.

Because we have access to the Internet, Skype, email, Facebook and Twitter, now more than ever, parents and children can stay in touch. Why not use resources you already pay for to communicate with mom about couponing and saving money?

The next step is finding time to match up sales to coupons. It’s not as difficult as you think and I’ll post more ideas and information for you in another blog post, so check back soon.

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