Being a student is expensive. There are course materials to print, books to buy, projects to make, and meetings and practices to attend. Hard as you try, your allowance is not enough to cover the costs of student life. Rather than ask your mom and dad for an allowance raise, here are some ideas you can try to supplement your daily budget.
DO PRINTING JOBS. Not everyone has a printer at home. Take advantage of this and offer to print class notes, term papers, and other school projects. Compared to printing a few pieces at a time, this strategy is very economic because printing in bulk actually saves you more ink.
SELL YOUR OLD TEXTBOOKS. During the start of every semester, students from the lower years are in need of new books. Luckily, some professors don’t change their required books so if you still have yours, try putting it up for sale at 25 to 50% off. Not only did you help your fellow students save a few pesos on books, you also got to make space on your bookshelf.
PUT YOUR CLOTHES UP FOR ADOPTION. Your closet is probably littered with clothes you haven’t worn in ages. Why not give them a new home? Set up an account on Facebook or Instagram and sell your old stuff online. You’ll rid yourself of clutter and you’ll earn a few hundreds at the same time.
BE A TUTOR. Excellent in Math? How about English? If there are some students struggling with their classes, you can offer tutoring. Set up a meeting during the weekend where you can work on the subject together. Apart from earning money, you can use this to refresh your memory on some topics, keeping your mind sharp.
TRY SELLING SNACKS. Sometimes, a day is packed with so many requirements that almost everyone has no time to go down to the cafeteria to grab a bite. You can help your classmates out by selling bite-sized snacks likes sandwiches, donuts, or cookies. These don’t require much capital, and if you’re the domestic type, you’re sure to enjoy making these treats.
Just because you’re busy studying doesn’t mean you have to miss out on these opportunities to grow your money. Who knows? Any of these little things may be your first step into financial independence or even bigger financial goals like starting your own business or buying a new gadget. Got any more money-making ideas for students? Share them with us the comments. We’d love to hear from you!