Pinching Pennies

It is hard for me to believe that I, along with my fellow senior journalism majors, graduate in just about a month. While at Rowan for two years, I learned about saving money and managing budgets while living on my own. In turn, dinners consisted of ramen or soup because it was just so darn cheap. I learned to take advantage of the free Rowan shuttle to Camden, making my commute to Philadelphia a quarter of the price. And you can bet, no matter what store I go into, I have my reusable totes in hand to get the extra discount.

I’m proud of my frugal ways, however, I would be much happier if I didn’t have to eat ramen ever again. All these things I look forward to saying sayonara to this May, but one thing I will be sad to see expire is my Rowan I.D. card, the card that held my meals, granted me entrance into Rowan events and, most importantly, gave me discounts at the mall. Even though I loathed the card all through my Rowan career, with my awkward picture and the constant stress over losing it and having to pay for a new one, I’m sad I will no longer reap the benefits from it.

No matter what year you are in at Rowan, make sure you are getting the most out of your Rowan I.D. card. Here are some stores that give students discounts as long as you have your handy dandy card with you!

1.) Ann Taylor – 20 percent off

2.) Ann Taylor Loft – 15 perfect off

3.) Banana Republic – 15 percent off

4.) Charlotte Russe – 10 perfect off

5.) Club Manaco – 20 percent off

6.) J. Crew – 15 percent off

7.) Juicy Couture – 15 percent off

8.) The Limited – 15 percent off

9.) Ralph Lauren Rugby – 15 percent off

10.) Steve Madden – 10 percent off

11.) Target.com – 10 percent off. (Note* online only!)

12.) Top Shop – 10 percent off

13.) Good Will – 15 percent off

14.) Urban Outfitters – 10 percent off on select days only

15.) Glassboro Thrift Village – 20 percent off

Want more? The website Unidays (https://www.myunidays.com/) is an all-access pass to all retailers who offer student discounts. No additional card is needed, just verify that you are a student and you can start saving.

Where else do you use your Rowan I.D. card? Leave a comment, let me know!

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Shop Smart, Save More

While in my senior year of college I spend my time keeping up with my classes, interning at a magazine and keeping up on current events in my field. With so much going on, I cannot work as much as I could of in the summer, which means I am on a limited budget. However, shopping and clothes are not only my hobby, its my passion. Over the last few years, I have taught myself how to manage my wallet and still enjoy the things I love. Here are a few tips I use when it comes to shopping at he mall or just shopping in my own closet.

1.)  There’s an app for that: Use your smart phone to your shopping advantage! Download apps like Shopkick, Coupons App and individual store apps. Companies offer special promotions and coupons through these apps and you can even start a profile on what your favorite store are and the application will notify you for secret sales.

2.)  Don’t be afraid to haggle: Before hitting the mall, I make stops at thrift stores and flea markets. Often times, I never get to the mall because I scored at the flea market. These are great places to find vintage, unusual items. However, sellers price their items high in order to be to able to work the customer. As a buyer, don’t be afraid to haggle a little bit, chances are they will back down and lower the price.

3.)  Stop the impulse purchases: I know all to well the impulse purchase, I have done it many times and mostly regretted each one. To help stop this, I gave myself a rule; the item must go with five other things in my closet. When I see an item I think I “need”, I stop before I run to the cashier and think “Will I wear it more than once?” “Can I wear it in multiple way?” “Will it stay in style for the next few seasons?”

4.)  Get ahead: To keep a step above the rest, try making friends with the sales associate so you know when the next sale is starting, so maybe when your shopping and you have your heart set on a pair of jeans that is just a bit too expensive, ask your new friend what the next store special is. Who knows, maybe next week the jeans will be BOGO.

5.)  Pin it: Looking for new fashion inspiration? Before buying a new wardrobe see how the look in being styled on Pinterst first. Use the site for association shopping – just search for a accessory or clothing item and see how others have Pinned it.