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4 Tips for holiday shopping on a college student budget


‘Tis the season of giving, and spending. There’s no need to stress out or blow your budget. Follow these easy tips to keep your gift-giving in check this year. 

Go thrifting: From antique jewelry to amazing fashion finds, your local thrift store is filled with quirky and unique gift ideas. You may even find designer items at a fraction of the cost. Head over to Lark Street and check out Elissa Halloran Designs. You’ll find books and home decor as well as pottery and blown glass from local artists. It’s a great way to buy sustainably and support your community. 

Use your college discount: Retailers big and small offer discounts to college students. This is the time of year to take advantage of them. Retailmenot put together a comprehensive list of restaurants and stores that offer great deals just for students. Some stores may not advertise their student discount, so you should always ask. 

Save those discount codes: Black Friday started really early this year, and retailers have been emailing and texting holiday discounts for weeks. Some retailers even let you stack a coupon with free shipping. Go to the company’s website to see if there are any special deals or promotions, and always sign up for emails or texts to receive the latest sales. Don’t forget to check your loyalty accounts to see if you’ve earned any points or rewards. 

Go for sentimental value with a DIY. Homemade gifts often cost less and are appreciated more. If you’re crafty, knit a scarf or make candles and bath bombs. Bake the recipient’s favorite cookies or pie. Get creative. TikTok is full of fun DIY gift ideas. If you’re no Martha Stewart, then see if one of your creative friends will give you a discount on their homemade goodies!

Good luck with your holiday shopping adventures. Let us know if you use any of our tips this year. Tag us on your Twitter and Instagram photos.

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