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Below are my top recommendations for college students to save money and make money! Plus, blogging tool recommendations!
Disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links, which just means I may receive a small commission for purchases made through the links (at no extra cost to you).
However, there’s nothing on this page I have not personally tested or use myself; only the BEST will do for this page.
ThriftBooks – Thriftbooks.com is a an online retailer of used books, and that includes textbooks! Whenever there’s a book I want to read, I head to Thriftbooks to get it. Prices are SO much lower than buying new and shipping is UBER cheap – only $1 (or free on orders over $10). I’ve never been unhappy with a purchase I’ve made here, this is my go-to bookstore.
Read my other top picks for finding cheap textbooks online.
Uber & Lyft – Holding down a job with regular hours while attending college can be really difficult. Choose your own hours and still earn an income by working for a ride share service like Uber or Lfyt. I’ve personally made $300 in 4 nights of work (totally about 12 hours) before!
How much you earn is determined by how much you work, so whether you want to make this your full time job or just a side hustle, it’s up to you.
To qualify: you’ll need to be at least 21 years of age, have at least one year of licensed driving experience (3 years if you are under 23 years old), have a valid U.S. driver’s license and use an eligible 4-door vehicle.
REDcard – The Target REDcard saves me an extra 5% on any purchases made at Target or Target.com. Plus, it gets me FREE 2 day shipping and an extra 30 days for returns. The best part is that it comes in TWO options: a credit card or a debit card (which links to your existing checking account). For me, it’s an easy, no-brainer way to keep a little more money in my pocket.
Ebates, TopCashBack & ShopatHome – Ebates, TopCashBack & ShopatHome are all websites that give you CASH back just for shopping online like you normally do. It’s as simple as finding the store you want to shop at on one of these websites (or using a handy browser extension to make it even easier) and then completing your purchases as usual. Sign up through one of my links and you’ll get an extra $10 bonus from Ebates & ShopatHome!
Read more about how these cash back websites work and why I use ALL THREE.
Uber – Save money on a taxi ride with this $5 off coupon for new Uber riders. Typically, a short ride will end up being FREE!
iBotta – iBotta saves you money on groceries by giving you cash back for your purchases. It’s fast and easy to do: just scan a barcode and snap a picture of your receipt in the app.
It’s like coupon clipping in the digital age – but without all the hassle of traditional couponing. Plus, get a $10 bonus just for signing up with my link.
Read my complete guide to all things iBotta.
Read more info about these blogging tools and check out EVERYTHING I use to run my own blog by visiting this detailed post.
Siteground – Siteground offers cheap and reliable (VERY important) hosting great for new and seasoned bloggers alike. I switched from Bluehost to Siteground over a year ago and I’m never going back. Their customer support has been a big help to me time and time again.
Social Warfare – See those handy social sharing buttons at the top and bottom of this post? I get those professional looking buttons (which are completely customizable) for my website by using a WordPress plugin called Social Warfare. There is a free version, but I use the paid Pro version. In my humble opinion, all the extra features make it SO worth the once a year fee.
Pic Monkey – PicMonkey is a online photo editing service I use to make most of the images you see around my blog. I’ve been using it since before I even created my blog – about 5 years now. I like it because the interface is very user friendly and there are many tool options I use on the DAILY. It’s perfect for creating simple images quickly. If you want to give it a try, PicMonkey offers a free 7 day trial.
Tailwind – 90% of my blog’s traffic comes from Pinterest. To be successful on Pinterest as a blogger you need to pin often, as in every day and multiple times a day. To avoid having to be on Pinterest all day, every day I used a scheduling service called Tailwind. It allows me to schedule pins, monitor analytics for Pinterest and more. Schedule your first 100 pins for FREE when you sign up with my link.
Pinterest Improvement Master Plan (P.I.M.P) Online Course – While I’m on the subject of Pinterest, I’d also like to recommend the P.I.M.P Course by PotPieGirl. THIS course really helped me step up my Pinterest game. It’s an online teaching tool that’s meant for experienced Pinterest users who are looking for more in depth pinning strategies.
This course has a lot of information I’d never seen before. I was REALLY impressed with this course and it’s something I’m SO glad I found.
MailerLite – Bloggers are constantly told to start building an email list yesterday. MailerLite is what I use to manage my own email list. As a non-techy person, I really like how easy the interface is to use. Landing pages are even included at no additional cost. I’ve been really happy with using MailerLite and have been using it for over a year now.
It’s even FREE to use for your first 1,000 subscribers!