It is OK to be smart about the way you spend your money. Most college students are living on a budget. One of the keys to financial freedom and success is being aware of where your money goes. Stretch you money further with these tips below.
Save Money on Food
Food for All — Food for All partners with your favorite restaurants to help them sell their unsold meals before closing. They’re helping to decrease food waste while also helping to save you you to 50 percent on meals.
Basket — Allows you to compare current prices on the same products at different grocery and super stores, both in store and online.
Ibotta— Allows you to earn cash back rewards on everyday purchases, such as groceries, travel, and retail stores. Earn rebates and cash back by simply snapping a picture of your receipt.
Receiving Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) benefits?
Fresh EBT — to monitor your balance, track your EBT transactions, and receive coupons customized for your shopping habits.
Spoon University — for some food-related advice tailored toward college students. Start with 13 Restaurants You Never Knew Had Student Discounts.
BostonChefs.com — for the insider upcoming news and events guide to dining.
For Boston Locals
Shop at the Daily Table in Dorchester and Roxbury to save money on groceries.
Pay what you can afford at the Panera Cares Community Cafe in Boston. Panera Bread is doing their part to alleviate food insecurity by implementing a pay-what-you-can model at a Boston-based cafe.
Show Your Student ID for Discounts
Use your Gull Card like cash at participating locations, or flash it at checkout for student discounts at many different locations.
For a list of retail stores and restaurants that offer student discounts, please visit the links below.
The Dealhack Student Discounts Guide
Specific to the Boston area:
Student.Com's Student Discounts: The Boston Edition
Boston on Budget's College Discounts
Save Money on BooksBefore you make a trip to the Bookstore, check out the Diane M. Halle Library. If the library doesn't have the book you need, make sure to contact the Halle Library to see if any of our local partners have the book.
If you need to purchase a textbook, compare prices at sites such as SlugBooks, BookFinder, CampusBooks, and Amazon to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible.
You can lower your book costs by buying used books online, renting textbooks, purchasing e-books, or sharing with a classmate. While it is illegal to make photocopies of a textbook, there's nothing wrong with splitting textbook custody.
Visit Resources for Working Students or Job Seekers
For lots of helpful career advice, resources, and to explore your career options, visit the Endicott Career Center and make sure to create a Handshake account while searching for jobs and internships!
Endicott College is a proud partner with Career Fair Plus. Download the Career Fair Plus app to learn about upcoming events!
Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for projected salary information, projected job growth by field, or to determine whether you’ll be able to pay off your student loans with your current career trajectory.
Breakdown your paychecks and taxes at PaycheckCity®.
Save Money on Transportation
Riding the MBTA?
- Save 11% on a Semester T Pass. Contact Brianne McGann in Student Affairs for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Semester passes must be ordered and paid for in advance.
- The Youth Pass offers low-income young adults access to the MBTA with reduced fares. Eligible people can purchase a LinkPass (unlimited subway and local bus) for $30 per month or add stored value and ride for a reduced rate.
Note: See if you meet the eligibility criteria before applying for a pass.
National Financial Literacy
Follow #FinLit for more information for ongoing conversations about financial literacy.
- Stop by or make an appointment with the Internship and Career Center. They offer personalized career advising that every Endicott student should take advantage of!
- Network, network, network! One of the best ways to do this is by attending events on and around campus.
- Find a mentor. A mentor is someone who can provide guidance, encouragement, and help you to identify personalized career goals.
- Setting goals is what helps you pursue them. Write down some short and long-term life goals. For example: Where do you see yourself in one, three, and five years?
- Take control of your money and your financial life. To do so, it helps to get organized — and the most effective tool is to create a spending plan/budget. Use the free CashCourse Budget Wizard to learn how to make a budget that works for you.
- Start an emergency savings fund. Financial emergencies can strike at any moment — whether in the form of a flat tire or unexpected housing insecurity. Set a goal of having three months living expenses in your emergency fund. For many, it may not be realistic to set aside this amount within their budget, and that is okay! Use the free online CashCourse Emergency Fund resources to learn how to calculate how much you should save.