by Emma Butler, Staff Writer
Want to save money? Here are some tips for living on a budget offered by current students at NU:
1) Get freebies at Starbucks
It’s no secret that many coffee lovers reside at NU.
“If you like Starbucks and you like saving money, get a gold card,” advises Brianna Mathisen, a current nursing student.
Starbucks offers a loyalty program that gives its members free drip coffee and tea refills, and a free drink or food of choice after every 12 transactions (which are referred to as stars).
“All you have to do is load money on a Starbucks gift card, register it online, and use that gift card to pay. Once you get 30 stars, they send you a new pretty gold card. Then you get all the perks like free drinks and food!” added Mathisen. Starbucks will also give customers ten cents off their drink if the customer brings his or her own reusable cup.
2) Download the Pirq app
Pirq is an app that smart phone users can download and use to find local deals.
“It’s all deals for food and drinks. I like Pirq because you don’t have to pre-pay to get the deal. So if you decide you didn’t actually want it, you’re not out-of-luck,” said Mark Rosser, a junior at NU.
“Thanks to Pirq, I get twice as much frozen yogurt at Menchie’s for the price of one!” said Lizzie Perkins, captain of the NU women’s soccer team.
3) Use Groupon and Livingsocial
The most popular method students said they use to save money is buying deals on Groupon and Livingsocial. They are both online organizations that offer deals on a wide selection of items.
“Groupon is one of the best sites to go look for deals because they offer a variety of deals on food, fun outings, and places to get pampered,” said senior, Lindsey Field, proud user of Groupon.
“Since I’m on a tight budget I only buy stuff I would’ve bought anyway, but with Groupon I pay half the price!”
“I always get deals on Livingsocial for oil changes and other car maintenance needs. It’s really practical and I pay way less than normal,” said junior Martese Hightower.
As a fourth bonus tip from my personal experience, even if a business doesn’t have a current promotion on Groupon or Livingsocial but you know they have in the past, just ask if they will honor the promotional price. I’ve done this with many spa deals and have never been denied the promo price; usually they are just happy for your business.