September 21, 2021 Online Opportunities for College Students

Quick Money Tips and Tricks for Students

If you’re looking for quick ways to maximize your money, then this page is for you. This page comprises quick money tips and other tricks that you’ll find useful based on my own experience.

1. Never pay for shipping

When shopping online, most retailers offer some sort of minimum purchase for free shipping if not free shipping all together. If shipping is $7-8 and you’re $10 away from the minimum, I would suggest adding another item to your cart. You get more for your money instead of paying for shipping.

2. Use Google Shopping to find the best prices

If you’re searching for the best price for a particular product, Google Shopping will search across tons of websites to show you the best prices available. Often you’ll find results on websites you never thought to check. These prices often include any applicable taxes, shipping and fees so you’ll get the full picture. 

3. Subscribe to welcome newsletters for exclusive welcome offers

Most websites now offer some type of incentive for subscribing to their newsletter. Even websites that don’t blatantly say it may send you a 10% off, 15% off or similar welcome offer just for signing up. Remember that this is a quick way to potentially get a discount, and you can easily unsubscribe at any time.

4. Put items in your online cart and then leave the website

Many websites powered by Shopify are set up to send reminder emails to encourage shoppers who leave items in their cart to complete the purchase. The majority of these reminder emails will include some type of discount offer to sweeten the pot. An easy way to know if you’re on a Shopify powered store is if you enter your email and are asked to enter a code texted to you. Note that this is not limited to Shopify, so try placing items in your cart on every website, closing the tab and then checking your email in a few hours to see if you receive anything.

5. Get any smoothie at Tropical Smoothie for $1.99

Every time you make a purchase at Tropical Smoothie, you’ll get a receipt with a unique code to fill out a survey. However, most people do not realize that completing the survey on the receipt entitles them to receive a smoothie at your next visit for $1.99 (with the purchase of any wrap or sandwich). I have completed the survey several times while I’ve been in the drive thru in about 3 minutes. All you have to do is grab your receipt and head to TSCListens from your laptop or mobile device. Many of the smoothies can cost up to $7 with add-ins and supplements, so this is well worth the time. 

6. Split movie ticket costs with your friends on Fandango

If you and your friends have ever had the issue of deciding who’s going to use their card to reserve the movie tickets, look no further than Fandango. The website has an option to split the ticket costs with others using PayPal. Additionally, if you join Fandango VIP, you’ll earn $5 for every 4 movie tickets that you purchase. Learn more about the Fandango VIP program.

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Miscellaneous Tips and Tricks

7. Your GMail address can be used as two addresses

Many people are not aware of this but each GMail address can be used as two separate addresses. For example, me@gmail.com and me@googlemail.com are considered two separate email addresses even though they go to the same GMail Inbox. This could come in handy if for some reason you need two separate email addresses without actually having two separate email accounts.

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Last Updated: December 29, 2020

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